If you turn on
the radio or the television, you will hear bad news. Terrorists are killing Christians, war is ravaging the Middle East and Russia, and destruction seems right around the corner. Inequality is everywhere, and so is hatred and fear.
It would be easy to just hide under our beds. Nothing else makes sense. What can we do to get through every day, when life is so dark and angry for so many people?
Sometimes any hope can be hard to find. Even we who follow Christ and believe in his sovereignty are shocked.
The Apostle Paul understood this. His world was wracked with pain and destruction too. This is why he writes to the Philippians: “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
God’s peace doesn’t make sense, given the pain of the world. It seems foolish, and yet it has the power to guard our hearts and minds.
Nothing is for certain in such uncertain times. Let’s face it. We are faced with pain and death daily. Yet we can have peace, unimaginable peace, through God.
This peace will protect us from the fears of the world, because we will be putting our faith in the One who created this world. This will give us the hope to face every new day, and face it in the name of Christ.
“God’s peace doesn’t make sense, given the pain of the world. It seems foolish, and yet it has the power to guard our hearts and minds.”