You are allowing us to live in troubling times. All around us we see war, disease, unrest. Our society seems right now to be falling apart.
Help us to find our strength and stability in you. Allow us to be a light during these dark days as we point people to you. Help us not to get sidetracked by the conflicts of our age. We know that instability is in some ways normal during these times in which we live.
Help us to be peacemakers while we look forward to the peace that will only come when Jesus, the Prince of Peace, returns.
There’s a weird way in which I love instability. I’m referring to instability on a grand scale. When times and events cause people to be uncertain, when insecurity is the order of the day, when political, economic and whatever other sort of turmoil exposes the ricketiness of all this world’s structures, then our foundation of trust in the Lord can be tested and proved strong.
Peace, for example, seems to be in short supply these days. Nonetheless, the words of Jesus are still there for us to read and remember:
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” – John 14:27 (NKJV)
But that peace needs to be taken. It needs to be received intentionally through conscious trust. And the Bible is so full of encouragement to trust in the Lord.
“Many sorrows shall be to the wicked;
But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him.
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous;
And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!”
– Psalms 32:10-11 (NKJV)
“Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.”
– Psalms 37:3-4 (NKJV)
“It is better to trust in the Lord
Than to put confidence in man.
It is better to trust in the Lord
Than to put confidence in princes.”
– Psalms 118:8-9 (NKJV)