Peace in a time of War
Just when things related to the pandemic start to settle down, we are forced to confront the brutal realities of war. Our hearts break for the people of Ukraine and the suffering that they are going through right now. And we may be tempted to give in to fear. We have more uncertainty once again. And what should we do about it? Stay glued to the news 24/7? Or is there another option? I like the idea that Scripture gives us in the passage below.
Paul says in Philippians 4:6-7, “Don’t be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” I think Paul is showing us the way to peace in a time of war. We don't avoid the hard things of life, but we bring them into God's presence. And in God’s presence, everything feels different. It feels a lot more peaceful and a lot less anxious.
How does that work? The more we get to know God’s character of love, the more we can trust that God is still at work in the world and in our lives. When we face the world without any reference to God, it is very easy to feel overwhelmed by everything that is happening that is beyond our control. Standing in the Kingdom of God gives us solid ground where we can find our footing and take appropriate action. In fact, we are called to move forward in faith so that we might serve others and contribute to the good that is needed in our world. With hearts at peace, we can look for ways to use the gifts God has given us to care for others. The care we give others will help bring peace to their hearts. So essentially, God gives us peace so we can share it.
We know that God cares for us and we experience deep peace as a result. Then we become a source of peace to others. So today, I invite you to step into God’s peace. Pray for peace. Trust God. It’s the surest way to make the world a better place for everyone.
May you experience the peace that transcends all understanding this week.