You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!(Isaiah 26:3, NLT)
Isaiah 26:3 is one of the scriptures we can turn to when storms of Life rage. We can’t skip storms. This lead to my grouping of storms into Micro-Storms and Macro-Storms.
Micro are storms that come to individual lives. More like person specific issues you and I have to deal with. On the other hand, Macro storms affect a nation and sometimes the world.
As a child of God, storms aren’t meant to destroy you but to test your FAITH in your God. It helps you to rethink your thoughts and position in God. And often they draw you closer to God.
In recent times, world leaders demonstrated their military capabilities. Russia boasted about it’s hypersonic nuclear missile, NATO talked about it’s military buildup, Turkey’s decision to buy S-400 missile from Russia, and The US signed $738 billion defense bill.
However, the reality we face is beyond nuclear missiles, fighter jets, bombers, etc. Here is unseen virus terrorizing good and bad people, rich and poor, civilians and military. If this virus could be nuked, it would have been dead and gone. This means that we can’t put our absolute TRUST in military strength.
When focus is shifted to Health Care System, UK is undoubtedly one of the leading countries providing better care for it’s citizens yet unanswered questions surrounding this virus and its transmission have locked the country down. Even Prime Minister Boris Johnson had to go through intensive care. Finally, over 8000 souls lost. There is fear and panic not only in the UK but EU, US, African, and the rest of the world.
If we pull Science on the stage, One would have also thought that with the current level of technology and shared information, Scientists would take days or few weeks to come up with some sort of vaccine. But what we heard was that it would take up to a year to make vaccines available.
Although there is race among countries, big pharms, and institutions to develop vaccines, people are terrorized by the rate of infections and death.
Finally, there are blame games and attacks on WHO, the organisation we thought could provide answers to mysteries surrounding the kind of lifestyle…social distance, wash your hands with soap, hand sanitizers, face masks, don’t touch your face, etc. One would wonder if WHO is autonomous in policies and decision making?
In this troubled time, we can rely on Jesus’ words before his arrest and crucifixion. He said
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.(John 16:33)
Jesus slept in the midst of storm because He knew the storm wasn’t meant to destroy them. Besides, He had control over the storm. He had perfect peace. In the same way, If we can shift our thoughts from worries and Focus on God, cementing our Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and Trust in His Word, regardless of our military strength, health care system, money in account, high level of unemployment, recession, etc we will have Perfect Peace.
It’s okay to be aware or informed about developments in your country and the world but don’t let that scare you. Be focused and Guard what you believe. When you are settled from within that GOD, your Father is in control, there would be nothing to worry about. And truly there is nothing to worry about. KEEP CALM.