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“Peace In A Restless World”

Without question we are living in a restless world.  A world filled with people consumed with worry, anxiety and fear.  Some are overwhelmed by a serious illness, the loss of a loved and they fear facing life alone.  Others are concerned about employment, financial issues and then there are relationship problems felt impossible to fix.    In addition to these things, many carry the constant pressure of worry and anxiety about kids, marriage, and the weight of personal problems seemingly too heavy to carry. 

 

If we look at the world and situations in the world among its people, plus our own difficulties, it’s easy to understand there is a lack of peace.  Perhaps we spend too much time looking through the wrong lens.  If all you see are problems, heartache, and listen to evil talk, it definitely will take a toll filling you with sadness and uncertainty.  We cannot help what others do, say or feel about certain things, but we can control our thoughts and actions.  Yes, we are bombarded by the constant fighting of politicians, the level of violence, conflict, chaos, pain, suffering, and tragic events surrounding our lives that place heavy weights on our minds and hearts.

 

However you may feel about things today – whatever you are facing – the things that bring worry and fear – let me offer the reassurance we all need reminding of.  Christmas has come and gone, but the message of the angels’ to the shepherds is just as real today as the night they proclaimed it, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth PEACE to men on whom His on favor rests” (Luke 2:14).  God saw the distress and spiritual alienation and sent Jesus to save us from our sin.  Jesus also promised to send the Comforter – the Holy Spirit – to be with us at all times.  Some of the parting words Jesus left His disciples before going to the Cross were, “My peace I leave with you, my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be  troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:26).  The world cannot give us lasting peace, but we can experience inner peace when we focus upon the One who is in control of everything that happens in our lives and in our world.  Lasting PEACE will never be found in things, but it can be found in the person of Jesus Christ.  Look to Him, trust Him, take His hand and walk with Him daily.

 

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:2).

 

Pastor Carnes