You probably have noticed, like most everyone has, that our world has gone through a lot of changes in the past year and into this new one. There is a lot more anxiety, stress, loss, hatred and fear about what is ahead of us. All of these things can surely take a toll on our mental health, our family life and our overall spiritual condition. Yet this one thing which is certain that I know, Jesus will never leave us or forsake us no matter the overall condition of our world.
Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.”
That is a promise from God that can keep us grounded, stable and assured that no matter what transpires in our lives, God will give you that peace and calm that passes all understanding. He will give us hope, peace, calm, strength, direction and vision when the world is in chaos, falling apart, full of bad news, frustration, hatred and words filled will depression. God’s word is full of life, words to lift your soul in an hour of darkness. In the valley of desperation we can be assured that there will be a light to guide our paths.
We must be focused on Him. We must keep our minds in His word, to pray without ceasing, to lift each other up. May God give to us His vision, to see our world, our friends, our families as He sees and loves them. We can be the hope for those around us. We can encourage others with the same encouragement that Christ has given us. Help others not to lose sight of where our strength comes from. Don’t lose sight of all that He has done for our freedom and eternity. Christ has given His life for us, was raised to life to bring us new life. As Christ told one of the thieves on the Cross who believed in Him, “Today you will be with me in Paradise” , we can receive that peace of forgiveness, hope, life, joy, wisdom and strength today and everyday if we stay focused on Him.