It almost seems naive, maybe even irresponsible to be of good cheer in the face of recent events, pop culture trends and the specter of the unknown. And yet, there it is...a glimmer of hope on the horizon...true words spoken by someone that is infinitely truthful. Jesus encouraged His disciples in the face of His own eminent death. "In Me you may have peace." "Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
Is peace even possible? It is for the individual who puts their trust in God. Can I be of good cheer when it seems like the world is falling apart? You can, if you put your trust in God. But, what about the crumbling world economy? What about the persecution of Christians in the Middle-East and Northern Africa? What about the threats to our freedom? What about the costs involved in just trying to make ends meet? Just stop...in this world you WILL have tribulation! That is a fact that you can take to the bank; but it isn't the end of the story.
The end of our story does not even end with our time on earth. This earth is not our home. We are aliens and sojourners, just passing through on a journey to another place that is being prepared for us. In the meantime...take a deep breath...let it out slowly...and trust in the giver of peace. Take the words of Jesus to heart: "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)
W.D. Cornell penned the following words:
Peace, peace, wonderful peace,
Coming down from the Father above!
Sweep over my spirit forever, I pray
In fathomless billows of love!
Amen and Amen!!
Author's Note: In such a time of ugly political rhetoric, economic reversals, racial tension, random terrorist events, and a world that seems to be bent on its own destruction; I cling to THE SOLID ROCK! It's true...all other ground is sinking sand. Can I seriously lay claim to an optimistic outlook when all the data my brain is receiving is shouting negative things at me? For me, I've had to turn off the television; refrain from watching the news; dig into God's Word; rejoice in the fellowship with my church family; and live in the "real" reality--that God is in control! RJD
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This is a blog of devotional thoughts and my "Christian" perspective on a pop culture gone mad. RJ