Saturday, November 12, 2016
Peace During Times of Transition and Unrest
As I write this, there are protests and riots around the nation regarding the new president-elect. There are those who are screaming that he is not their president. There are those who are looting and destroying property that does not belong to them. There are even those who are calling for stopping the inauguration, even if that means assassination. As I watch the news reports, knowing that he will not be sworn into office until January 20th, I have to wonder how long this will continue.
This is only one of the things happening in our world right now that can ignite anxiety. Unstable relations in the middle east, countries stockpiling nuclear weapons, famine, disease, natural disasters, finances and reports of hate filled crimes all remind us that this is not an ideal world.
Jesus tells us in John 16:33 that “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” And the first of the verse says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.” Let’s remember that there was trouble during the Lord’s time on earth as well. There always has been and there always will be. Until He returns and we live with Him, there will be hard times when we will be driven to our knees to seek His peace.