If You Are Struggling With The Chaos Of The World, Know God Is Still in control
Whether it be your personal life, your immediate surrounding circle of friends and family, your city, state, country or in a broad sense of every corner of the earth, things seem to be falling apart right before us.
Fear frequently grips our hearts and thoughts in the midst of uncertainty, preventing us from knowing the peace and joy that God wants for us. As Christians, we have a strong foundation of hope in Jesus Christ that helps us to face our fears and live lives that are courageous, confident, and meaningful.
The Basis of Hope:
The Scriptures often stress the significance of hope in a believer’s life. In Romans 15:13, the apostle Paul penned, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” As a result, hope is more than just wishful thinking; it is a confident expectation based on our faith in God’s promises.
The Source of Hope:
As Christians, we place our hope in the person of Jesus Christ, not our current situation. He is the foundation of our hope and the anchor of our souls (Hebrews 6:19). In John 3:16 and Matthew 28:20, Jesus promises to be with us always and makes the offer of eternal life. We can discover the courage to face any difficulty and conquer fear by accepting His love and grace.
Overcoming Fear through Jesus:
The Song of Psalms exclaims, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me” (Psalm 23:4). This is an assurance of God’s presence. Jesus’ presence gives us comfort and allays our fears. His presence gives us courage and refuge, enabling us to confront our worries head-on.
Trusting in God’s Sovereignty
By placing our faith in God’s omnipotence, we can gain courage. God gives us comfort by saying in Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, and I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” We may put our trust in God and let go of our concerns when we realize that God is in control of everything.
Renewing our Minds with God’s Word
Fear is frequently the result of concentrating on negative thoughts and fears. We can refresh our brains and exchange our fear for faith by reading and reflecting on God’s Word. Do not worry about anything, but instead, Philippians 4:6-7 tells us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Community and Encouragement
God created us for community, and we can receive support, inspiration, and strength via company with other Christians. As Hebrews 10:24–25 tells us, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
If there is one thing to take away from this seemingly unfortunate reality of constant tribulations (not to be mistaken for the Great Tribulation period in the end times Revelation) in our world, it is this: God’s word will prevail. His authority, His love, His mercy still gleams bright even in the most uncertain of times.