"Finding Peace in the Midst of Chaos"
By Dawn Hill
"No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel can avail against the LORD." (Proverbs 21:30 ESV)
"[Y]et for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one
Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist." (1 Corinthians 8:6 ESV)
"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your
hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." (John 14:27 ESV)
Peace & Hope in the Midst of Chaos
No words could be more fitting for the time
that we are in right now than the words Jesus spoke to His disciples before He was to fulfill the will of the Father in dying on the Cross, becoming the propitiation for our sins. He knew that those He had chosen, and those whom the Father had drawn to Him,
would face trials and tribulation. He knew that they initially would not comprehend the full scope of His sacrifice, but He had a peace to give them that the world could neither promise nor take away.
Believers, we have peace in the midst of chaos and wickedness abounding because we belong to a sovereign God and a merciful Savior, Jesus Christ; we have a hope and good news to share with others who are lost and clamoring in the darkness.
These earthly tents that we inhabit are dwelling within a fallen world right now. Romans 8 helps us to understand that creation groans and waits for the revealing of the sons of God, which has more to do with Christ and the resurrection and less
to do with us being revealed as some superpower.
"For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from
its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits
of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies." (Romans 8:20-23)
You cannot turn on the news or engage in social media these days without being bombarded
by the vitriol of hatred, division and sin seeming to ever increase. The world has no peace to offer, so do not be deceived. No alignment, agreement or compromise with a political agenda or popular opinion will bring peace. It is sad to think of those who
do not know Christ and live in despair at what is going on around them. It is also sad that there are some in the Body of Christ succumbing to the pressure of this turmoil rather than resting in the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. Their hearts
and minds are not being guarded in Christ Jesus as they should. We cannot afford to forget God's sovereignty and mercy, no matter what we face.
Focus on Him
While many are in despair, others are suspicious, meditating on conspiracies and such, which only breed contention and confusion. The focus is off Christ and onto the earthly matters at hand. Though the world cannot understand, we must remember
who God is. God is sovereign. This is the essence of His omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence. He is not moved by what is taking place. Though the god of this world, satan, is wreaking havoc, God is supreme over all.
As Christians, we are not promised a primrose path. We are instructed to preach the Word, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are to stay alert and be ready for Christ's return. We are to trust that God works all things—this includes those things
which one would not consider a blessing—for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (see Romans 8:28).
There is great peace in God for those who believe on Him and
know Him as Lord and Savior. Though the world cannot offer true peace, we can take great comfort in the Prince of Peace. I encourage you to focus on Him and His Word which will never pass away. If, as of late, you have found yourself becoming overwhelmed by
the current state of this world, seek refuge in Christ.
If the news is consuming your thoughts and your emotions, shut it off. Get alone with God and His Word. Meditate on it and thank Him for peace. Worship
the One, True Living God in Spirit and in truth. Pray without ceasing, especially for those who oppose the truth of the Word of God. Ask for His mercy to be extended to them and for their hearts to be softened to receive salvation. As it says in Isaiah 55:6-7:
"Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God,
for He will abundantly pardon."
Praise God the Father for His sovereignty and His ways being higher than our ways, and do not despair. Our God is sovereign and our Lord Jesus is merciful.
By Dawn Hill
528 Ellsworth St. SW
Albany, OR 97321