America is plagued with uprisings like it’s never experienced before. Natural disasters are threatening lives and the outcome of political unrest is going ballistic! We have to watch what we say, what we do and how we respond to everything these days; otherwise someone will scream “politically incorrect” and mini-wars break out. It’s no longer the “land of the free” because when we removed God from our lives we removed His peace. Now we live in chaos, confusion and unruliness. Are we sorry yet?
It has always been a privilege to live in North America because both Canada and the U.S have always maintained Christian integrity. God’s laws were always part of our government and of individual lives. Even if people didn’t attend church or proclaim to be a Christian, there was this underlying reverence toward God and to obey the laws. Each state and province had its own unique traditions, and the countries were blessed because there was peace.
And now we have unrest that has become a global problem. It seems that peace really has been taken away from the earth just as Revelations 6:4 says will happen.
During His earthly ministry, Jesus stressed that we should keep peace. In His Beatitudes in Matthew 5:9, Jesus says, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” He sent the disciples out in pairs and told them, “And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house’.“—(Luke 10:5). Apostle Paul begins all his messages with the greeting of “God’s peace”.
But where God’s peace isn’t welcome, there will be fear as evil and unrest prevail. There have often been darts against the peace of God as individuals rose up to claim their personal rights, but now we have activists declaring “rights” for every cause imaginable, from animals to legalizing sin. (Sadly, the right to live for the unborn child is still at the bottom of the list.)
People have drifted so far from God that they see everything as a personal slur against them and are ready to accuse and fight for what they think is an issue. And in doing so, they create issues and blow things way out of proportion! They no longer strive for the benefit of all, just for those who share their personal agenda—and at any cost.
And while they’re busy fighting these mini-wars, they ignorantly won’t allow for the rights of others. If some people think it’s their right to be gay, then be gay…but why can’t others retain their own right to not accept it? If some people want to rebel against God, then do it. But why can’t those who choose to love Him by reading their Bibles and praying do what makes them happy? Why do the rest of us have to recognize the rights of others without having the right to uphold our own principles—the principles that our countries were founded on? We’ve always had those who didn’t believe in or were opposed to God, but now their rights have become wars that supersede our rights! A political oxymoron!
Laws and rules have changed in the last few years and now trust has become obsolete and our security has become our greatest fear. Why? Because our governments and those who hold authority don’t want to submit to God, and so they have turned the things of God into political issues that have been debated and tossed out; even forbidden. The peace of God has left our land—not because God wanted it to go, but because people didn’t want God here anymore. And now we are entering a time of tribulation like none of us has ever experienced before.
- For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.—Matthew 24:21
The peace we once knew in our land is gone, but the peace in our heart will remain when Jesus is Lord over our life. When we become a Christian by repenting and accepting Him as our Lord and Savior, His peace will live in us. Jesus is our King and we are citizens in His kingdom. One day we will live with Him forever in glory, but today we live here on earth and we will endure the hardship of evil surroundings. But God is faithful. He will not leave us; He will fill us with His peace when we trust Him.
- Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, ‘I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee’. —Hebrews 13:5
When we seek God, He will give us wisdom and the means to get through what now looks like the beginning of the hardest time of sorrows that the earth has ever known. Contrary to what some false teachers claim, life for the Christian won’t be prosperous and calm. God will take care of us and He’ll meet our needs and we will be blessed, but only if we follow Him. We are living in a time when there is no peace and when evil is filling every area of life around us; yet, we don’t need to fear because Jesus is with us.
- These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.—John 16:33
We need to pray for peace. We need to pray for our governments, pray for the salvation and healing of others, and pray that God’s will be done on earth. Jesus our King is returning soon. Will He find peace in you? Will He find faith in you? He is our only way, our only hope and our only life, and the more we share this truth, the more He is glorified and the more hope we have of His peace returning. Don’t let the world steal your faith or your peace. God watches out for His children and He gives us His peace, even in the middle of tribulation.
- Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.—John 14:27
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