and other troubling emotions…
You don’t need me to tell you that we are living in troublesome times. Nor do I have to tell you that, by all appearances, times may get worse before they get better. Many people may try to deny that, but deep down inside most people know it’s probably true.
At one time people came to North America to be free. Poor families came for the economic freedom the New World offered. Refugees came for political freedom, to escape the tyranny of dictatorial governments. Nonconformists came for religious freedom, fleeing deadly persecution for the opportunity to worship God as they thought proper.
Today, these freedoms are crumbling around us. Jobs and savings are in jeopardy as more and more of the world’s money finds its way into the hands of fewer and fewer people. Nonconformists are becoming an endangered clan as the idols of political correctness take priority over freedom of religion and freedom of conscience.
The Bible talks about a time when men’s hearts fail them because of fear. The deadly unrest in some of America’s bigger cities is taking its toll. Racial strife is destroying the lives of thousands of people, and still the oppression, burning, and looting continues.
On top of this, Americans are facing an election that threatens to stoke the flames of federal politics to a heat not seen since the civil war.
Peace in Turmoil
Is it possible to have inner peace during tumultuous times? Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Mat 11:28 CSB). Paul and Silas sang praises at midnight with their feet in the stocks and their backs burning from a recent flogging. From the flames, Michael Sattler held up his hand in a victory sign during his execution.
Peace does not depend on circumstances. Rather, it depends on your relationship with Jesus. Call on Him today to give you rest.