John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
I’m pretty sure that most people are feeling the pressure of a world gone wild, especially those who are a little older and can remember a safer, more stable world of a few decades ago. I know that what I’m seeing happen around the world in social issues, weather related events, global unrest and violence and the general hostile climate of our world is the stuff that makes people crazy and causes some to lose hope.
And, if our hope was only in this world, we may as well lose it.
The Bible doesn’t say that things will get better and better in our world – but just the opposite. It says that things will get worse and worse until Jesus comes again and puts an end to the madness – and afterwards, we will live with Him in perfect peace in the new millennium.
But what about until then? What about the turmoil we have swirling all around us right now? What about the evil that is assaulting us from every direction? How do we live in this world, but not be overcome by it?
The answer is so simplistic, I sometimes wonder why we even have to ask the question. The answer is to be so close to Jesus that come what may, we are not afraid. Jesus said that in the world you will have tribulation, but in ME, you will have peace.
Until Jesus comes to this earth again and we can see Him face-to-face, touch Him, and hear his audible voice, He has given us everything we need to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil in HIS WORD. The WORD is the ANSWER to every problem we face. It’s the PEACE that we seek and the HOPE for tomorrow. It’s the LOVE that we need to sustain us and to help us help others along.
You see, Jesus is the WORD. If we want to truly be close to Jesus, we will immerse ourselves in The WORD and out of that will flow the rivers of peace we will need to carry us through these difficult times.
It’s time now to choose our priorities carefully. When Rick Joyner was here recently, he said that if you aren’t extremely close to Jesus in your walk with Him, you better get there real quick because you are going to need His strength and guidance – and, He is going to judge those who are lukewarm and spit them out!
I need Jesus. I need His wisdom and His peace for today’s challenges. I need His comfort!
To me, there is no other source that I can turn to. Jesus is my ALL and I will seek Him through prayer and The WORD even more as we see the world go wild. I know that with Him, I am more than a conqueror, and without Him, I am hopeless.
Open The WORD today, and you will find the peace you seek.