It’s easy for fear to grab your heart when the news is stories about economic collapse, nuclear arms in the hands of nut-case leaders, Iran threatening to annihilate Israel, Russia rebuilding while the US is downsizing. No wonder people love pictures of kittens cuddling dogs and squirrels pushing strollers. In comparison to reality it appears sane and normal.
But look at this surprising thing Jesus said and notice something really interesting:
When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be frightened; those things must take place; but that is not yet the end. (Mark 13:7)
“Those things must take place”. In other words, this is all part of the plan. God is still in control, all this evil is not only under His control but it is a necessary part of His plan. Did you catch that, a necessary part, they must take place, it needs to be this way for His purpose to be fulfilled.
That is great news! It is not the wacky leaders who are in control. All power still belongs to Jesus and He loans it to those He chooses to use to accomplish His purposes. These things “must take place” so these leaders, which seem to be out of control, and their maniacal agendas are just part of His plan.
I don’t have to worry and fret (in fact, doing so won’t change a thing) because this is all part of His pre-determined plan. God is still at the helm, things are under control and He was aware of all “those things” at least 2000 years ago. So take a deep breath, let it out slowly and rest in peace knowing He is still on the throne. I don’t know what my future holds but I know Who holds my future. Therefore, fear has no place because the Peace of God sits enthroned in my heart.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.