Finding Peace

According to some, this world was created as a result of chaos–where the intricate details of life evolved from a “big bang” of some sort. I don’t have enough faith to believe in evolution and believe instead what the Bible says…that God created the world and all that is in it. I have never seen beauty and peace–quiet perhaps, but not peace and certainly not beauty–as a result of an explosion or from destructive forces of any kind.

In the novel I am working on presently, I am dragging my protagonist through many troublesome situations that are challenging her physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. It is interesting and entertaining to read of such difficulties in a book because, well, the trials are happing to a fictitious person  and not us, and we know things will work out by the last page. In real life, however, going through such difficulties can be discouraging and even fill us with fear as they test our faith and drain us of our peace and joy.

Our world is in chaos right now. Destruction and hatred are everywhere. Lies and deceit are rampant. However, in the midst of it all, trusting Him through each day in order to regain our inner peace is possible. Not following the news so closely is a starter. Thinking about and looking at “whatsoever things are lovely” helps (Philippians 4:8). Keeping our walk close to God is imperative–reading from the Bible and praying for peace and joy and wisdom and understanding. Putting the needs of others ahead of ours and helping when needed gets our mind off ourselves and helps us feel better by encouraging someone else.  We can try singing some “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” like Paul and Silas did in jail after a difficult day (Ephesians 5:19, Acts 16:25). Finally, we must be ever mindful that this world is winding down toward the end times. The chaos and craziness in the world today should be no surprise to those of us who know our Bibles. God is in control, and if we are saved, we are His child, and He is always there for us. I can think of no one better to turn to or trust in than the Lord Jesus Christ.

John 16:33 ” These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

 

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