Peace in the Storm
by Faith Noles
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The world is racing toward judgment at breakneck speed as evidenced by news headlines. News is filled with horrifying and shocking information such as: “Trans Humanism: The Coming Superhuman” or “Transgenics: Mixing Animal DNA with Human DNA”. What?! Scientists are working towards changing our species? Another topic repeatedly seen in the news is concerning the knock-out game. Why would people attempt to knock-out a total stranger for no reason? They consider this fun?
Day after day, we read about: unnatural science, big government unlawfully stripping away our rights, wars, child abuse, crime, illegal drugs, economic crisis, terrorism, meteorites and the list goes on and on. I can relate to Dorothy (in the Wizard of Oz) when she exclaimed, “Toto, I've got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore”. The face of this world has become very unfamiliar.
My Daddy (1922-2008), a World War II veteran who was awarded several medals, including the Silver Star and Purple Heart,tearfully stated near the end of his life, “This isn't what I fought for”. He made that statement in reaction to the loss of liberties and the decline of America. Yes, the United States has certainly digressed since the ‘great war’.
Alvin Toffler, in his book Future Shock,defined the term ‘future shock’ as a psychological state of individuals and societies with a personal perception of “too much change in too short a period of time”. It is estimated that a week’s worth of the New York Times articles contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century and that 40 exabytes (4.0 X 10 to the 19th power) of unique new information will be generated worldwide this year. That is more ‘knowledge’ than in the previous 5,000 years! What is the psychological effect of this ‘shock’? Robert Wright’s article “The Evolution of Despair” featured in Time magazine (1995) wrote: "VCRs and microwave ovens have their virtues, but in the everyday course of our highly efficient lives, there are times when something seems deeply amiss. ... Whatever the source of stress, we here in America at times get the feeling that modern life isn't what we were designed for."
In Luke 21:26, KJV, Jesus says of the last days, “Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” One can verify that men’s hearts are ‘failing for fear’ by reviewing statistics concerning the use of mind-altering drugs. Over 136 million people in the United States take prescription mind-altering drugs on a regular basis and over 12.7 million use illegal drugs. Furthermore, according to the World Health Organization, mental illness or mental disorder accounts for more disability in developed countries than any other group of illnesses, including cancer and heart disease.
The world has attempted peace by establishing ungodly institutions such as the United Nations; however, the world will never find satisfaction or peace by man-made institutions. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12, KJV). No drug, no peace treaty, no resolution by man is going to give you peace. The only peace that can be found is through Jesus Christ. Jesus promises His followers in John 14:26-27, KJV, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 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”. According to James Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance,the original Greek word ‘parakletos’ means 'intercessor, consoler, advocate' and 'comforter'. Jesus didn't leave us alone to fight off the attacks of Satan, but He sent the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, to lead us, guide us and to defend us!
Sure, we still live in a world filled with evil, but we are not part of this world system. Jesus goes on to say in John 16:33, KJV, “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.” Jesus said, “IN ME” you will have peace. We can’t have peace unless we abide in Jesus. Paul says in Philippians 4:7, KJV, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ”. The world can’t understand the peace possessed by a Christian abiding in Jesus because it is beyond human reason or rationalization. The world doesn’t understand how a Christian, when facing disaster, can say with complete assurance and faith in God, “Thy will be done”.
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