In spite of unrest, peace awaits us | Faith | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | July 10, 2016 5:00 am
Last Updated: July 6, 2016 at 10:56 am
Each day as we turn on our television sets, especially to the news, it seems that all we can hear about is turmoil and unrest, both home and abroad. Just recently 49 lives were taken in a nightclub in Orlando, Fla.; terrorists at an airport in Turkey blew themselves up, killing 44 people; in Iraq, a bombing killed more than 200 in the deadliest attack in Baghdad in years, and the list goes on. It is almost to the point that we begin to ask ourselves, “What’s next?”
That answer had already been given as Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 24:6-8 (KJV) when they wanted to know when He would come again: “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
Further, in 1 Peter 4:12-13 (KJV), we find, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.”
Therefore, the turmoil and unrest that we have seen is not the end, but God does promise us peace. My point here is that whatever we may being going through, the Bible has to be fulfilled. However, God doesn’t want us to give up because peace will come, but in His time.
For instance, Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV), “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light”(KJV). Jesus went on to say in John 14:27 (KJV), “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Then Jesus said in John 16: 33 (KJV), “ 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.”
Our source of comfort, peace, is coming one day, but we must go through the fire and rain to get there. When we sometimes go through our own personal trials, we wonder will we ever see “the light at the end of the tunnel.” If we have our hope and trust in Christ Jesus, yes, we will. The nights may seem so long at times, but day will come if we hold on and not give in.
Satan wants us to drown in our self-pity because when we do that, we are taking our eyes off God and His promises. How beautiful it is when we overcome our trials unscathed and find peace! It is at that point that we can identify with the words in the gospel hymn, “How I Got Over,” composed and published in 1951 by Clara Ward. No matter how rough and tough it may get, “there is peace in the midst of the storm.” This anonymously written inspirational story, “The Real Meaning of Peace,” confirms this concept:
“There once was a king who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The king looked at all the pictures. But there were only two he really liked, and he had to choose between them.
“One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for peaceful towering mountains all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.
“The other picture had mountains, too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky, from which rain fell and in which lightning played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all. But when the king looked closely, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest — in perfect peace.
“Which picture do you think won the prize? The king chose the second picture. Do you know why? ‘Because,’ explained the king, ‘peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace.’”
Keep on praying for peace in our world, have a wonderfully blessed week, and never leave home without Him!
(Anna Bright is a minister and educator in Walterboro. She can be reached at email@example.com)