The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.(Exodus 14:14, NLT)
It is difficult to remain calm in a chaotic situation. The story about the disciples’ reactions on a boat with Jesus when the storm came up against them shows how we react in the face of danger or death. Steve Jobs pointed out that “no one wants to die. Even those who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there“. Inasmuch as this quote is funny, there is some truth in it. People, including believers, panic when they see or sense danger. Yet it is possible to stay calm in the face of danger, or even death. The assurance is knowing that God will come through for you.
- The Chaos
Merriam-Webster defines chaos as a state of utter confusion. When you look at the world today, it is evident that there is chaos everywhere; Covid19, the Ukraine – Russia conflict, the threat of Nuclear war, Inflation, High gas/oil prices, Abortion debate, Gun violence, Racial injustice, and the indoctrination threat posed by social media.
The real value of your Dollar, Pound, Euro, Yen, etc has fallen. According to Finbold, In 1972, the worth of one dollar was $1, but by 2022, the value of a dollar has dropped by an incredible 86%, to $0.14. This should trouble everyone because if you are not increasing in wealth or income, then you are becoming poorer by the day. Soon your dollar cannot afford the things you need.
Yet in the midst of this chaos, where every indicator set out by the world system suggests that the world is heading south, there is a remedy for you as a child of God.
- Your Remedy:
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.(Romans 12:2, NLT)
Your prayer and request must be that God should transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. That is God, through His Holy Spirit, should help you to shape your thoughts by your knowledge of Him and His Word which supersede every known idea or knowledge of the world.
Know that before there was money, He was. Consider these two scenarios:
- When Jesus needed food to feed the multitude, his disciples who operated by the world system said that there was not enough food to feed them. And if they had to buy, it would cost them more than half a year’s wages. However, Jesus looked up to God for the solution to this impossible situation. Jesus lived beyond scarcity, the concept of money, and the peace the world had to offer.
- When they needed wine for the wedding feast, Jesus turned water into wine. Again, He defied the concept of money.
Before Jesus Christ, the Wiseman had said that money answereth all things (Ecclesiastes 10:19). But Jesus presented a new dimension where you can get your healing without spending money at the hospital as in the case of the woman with the issue of blood.
The two scenarios should encourage you to live beyond the world’s system which is supposedly built to enhance Equality but it’s purely premised on the Master-Servant concept.
To live beyond the world system, you must stay connected to God at all times. The more connected you are, the more tranquility you experience.
And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.(2 Corinthians 9:8, NLT)
- Look into Future with Hope
Do you know that Gideon called God Jehovah Shalom, The Lord is Peace, when he was up against the Midianites?
There is Peace and Calmness when you know that God will come through for you regardless of the situation. Do not let your world be shaped by the world system but see the world through the lens of His Word. This will give you peace which would enable you to make informed decisions about your life, job, family, etc.
I pray that God blesses you with peace that surpasses all understanding so that you shall be able to stand and live victoriously in these last days in Jesus’ Name. Amen