“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27
We’re living in troubled times. The Coronavirus is a globally spreading pandemic, affecting people from every continent and every walk of life. The young, the old, and everyone in-between is at risk.
It’s easy to panic right now. Maybe you are tempted to hoard supplies, anxiously watching the news, or fretting over all the horrible things that could happen to you and your loved ones.
These are natural and normal human reactions to chaos. But just because panic is a tempting reaction doesn’t mean it is your only choice. There’s another option that you may be tempted to overlook—peace.
What Is Peace?
Often, we think of peace as a blessing that we get every once in a while. Maybe you felt peace when you took a day off in the middle of the week to go spend time at the beach or when you heard the news that a loved one’s cancer hadn’t returned.
But peace isn’t just an unexpected blessing.
It’s also a choice.
Peace is something we can choose to experience, even in the middle of the Coronavirus. Even in the face of a global pandemic. Even when we fear losing our jobs. Even when we worry about feeding our families.
How you ask? It starts with turning your eyes towards God.
In Psalm 47:8, the Psalmist proclaimed, “God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne.” Just as these words were true over 2,000 years ago, they’re still true today. God is still on the throne. He still reigns. He is still in control
Think about that truth for just a moment. Despite the chaos, pain, and heartbreak we are encountering in the world today, God maintains absolute control.