While perusing the day’s headlines, I was once again struck by all the junk going on in the world. Debates about eschatology aside, it should be obvious to anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear that this world cannot keep going as it is going without exploding or imploding. Whether natural disasters such as earthquakes, forest fires or floods, political shenanigans or man’s inhumanity to man; this world is a mess and getting messier every day.
If the state of the world were not bad enough, the conflict and animosity between members of all the world’s major religions is growing more caustic day by day. Brother against brother is no longer a phrase used to describe Cain and Abel but Christian against Christian, Jew against Jew, and Moslem against Moslem etc.
While visionaries talk of “peace on earth” and revolutionaries speak of “peace at any cost”, the inhospitality of people and nations toward each other grows harsher daily. The world is spinning out of control as contrary forces seeking their own agenda do whatever it takes to win hearts and souls by words or by force.
Most of the world’s happiness is tied to economic conditions. The more wealth people have the happier they become. The less wealth people have the more anxious and disgruntled they are. Happy people don’t care what anyone else is doing as long as they can stay happy. Disgruntled people are sensitive to everything amiss and skeptical of everyone in positions of power.
The Bible makes is crystal clear in Romans 12 that we are NOT to be conformed or fashioned to this world but rather be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Our joy is absolutely NOT dependent upon the circumstances surrounding us. We can have joy and peace in the midst of a depression and conflict if we keep our minds on things above and put on the new man.
We can live above the fray, outside of the turmoil and untouched by the confusion and anger surrounding us. This only happens as we set our affections on things above and not on the things of this world. Of course we are aware of what is going on around us, but we are not consumed by the ups and downs of people intent on the manipulation and destruction of others.
If there ever was a time we should buckle down and receive with meekness, retain with conviction and release with authority the Word of life—it is NOW. May we all make a deliberate effort to spend more time in the Word of God so there is more Word of God flowing through us as we make our decisions and live our lives.
No matter what happens in this world, we can maintain the peace of God in our hearts, filled with His presence and joy as we keep ourselves in Him as He is always in us.