Finding Peace in a Chaotic World
The Bible instructs us to be anxious for nothing but in all things to pray and give thanks. How are you doing with that? You may be having a problem because:
- Our nation has fallen off the deep end of the immoral abyss
- Society is fast changing from freedom-of-religion to freedom-from-religion (at least Christianity)
- You may believe our leaders have helped the nuclear intentions of a rogue nation
Does that about cover it for today? And you are wondering how the Bible could possibly address any of that. It does!
Before Time Began
A great antidote for uncertainty is certainty. The cure for fast-paced change is that which never changes. And the Bible does address those things. Is the world uncertain and changing faster than we can keep up? Yes. Should we be in a stir over it? Only if we choose to be. In today’s jargon, the following truths from the Bible are great life hacks for being at peace!
Life Hacks in the Bible
At some point not known to us, God created the heavenly beings (angels, cherubim, etc.). Job 38:7 tells us they witnessed God creating the heavens and the earth.
At that point, Ephesians 3:11 tells us God’s purpose was already known! How? It is an eternal purpose. It hasn’t changed and won’t change. Ephesians 1:10 describes His purpose as bringing:
Unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
That’s enough to let any of us know God is not, nor has He ever been, surprised. He has never had an Aha! moment. But God does more than we can ask or imagine and the Bible is proof of that. It tells us God’s eternal purpose had planning and forethought. There was a lot going on before time began! The Bible reveals to us:
Bible Life-Hack 1: From I Peter 1:20, Jesus’ mission was set before the foundation of the world:
He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.
Bible Life-Hack 2: From Titus 1:2, God promised eternal life before time began:
In hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.
Bible Life-Hack 3: From I Corinthians 2:7, the Gospel is God’s mystery that He also planned before time began:
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory.
Bible Life-Hack 4: 2 Timothy 1:9 tells us God’s offer of grace was given before the world began:
Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.
Bible Life-Hack 5: Pauls writes in Ephesians 1:4 that believers were chosen in Jesus Christ before the world began:
Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.
Yes, the world is an uncertain, scary place. But we don’t have to get run over by it! We can live in uncertain times because we are certain His plans and His purposes not only won’t change, they will be accomplished.