Life is a natural phenomenon marked by gradual changes that lead toward a particular result. Life has its ups and its downs (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). There are times of increase and times of lose. It is the natural cycle of life.
Do not let what is happening in the world today discomfort you. Remember the words of Jesus Christ.
"Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls."
Jesus says come unto him so that he can remove the (weary) tiredness, frustrations and aggravations we get from the stressors of this life. He says come unto him so that those heavy burdens - burdens like anxiety, depression and fear, can be lifted. Understand that work and taking care of a family, should not be seen as a burden. It is a part of life. The bible states that "If one will not work they should not eat" (2 Thessalonians 3:10). It states that "If any provide not for his own house he has denied the faith and is worse than an infidel" (1 Timothy 5:8) Jesus does not want to remove us from the world but to keep us from the evil that is in the world (John 17:15). Things like anxiety, depression, fear, and worry are evil. Why? Because these elements destroy, they tear down, and they block your blessings.
The peace of God will give us rest from the stressors of life. The peace of God will allow us to relax our minds concerning the issues of this world. The peace of God will strengthen and build us up so that we can handle life experiences. There is a peace that comes when we have a relationship with Him. It is that relationship with Him that changes our mindset. Our mindset then becomes one that is motivated by godly wisdom and not by what is happening in the world around us. If we are moved by the negative things we see, we can become discomforted; uneasy, shaken, worried, fearful or depressed. Jesus wants us to take his way upon us so that we are not moved by fear. He has given us power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
Yes, you can go through these tough times and your mind be at rest.
How? By following His wisdom for your life. Meditate not on the negatives but rather meditate on that which will cause you to prosper (Joshua 1:8). Fill your time with things that edify (build up). Listen to words that bring you joy and gladness (Proverbs 12:25) Choose to be steady, calm and unmovable. Allow the peace of God (godly wisdom) to guide your heart and mind (Philippians 4:7). If you are dealing with a situation seek godly counsel on how to handle it (Proverbs 11:14).
What happens in the world around us is not as important as to how we respond to it. Living by the wisdom of God causes peace to flow through us and not stress. When the peace of God rests on us we will make decisions based on the promises of God and not the fears and anxieties of this world.
© TECKO H. GREEN