“Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Although “this present evil age” is an apt descriptor for the current state of our world, the author of that passage wasn’t a contemporary, but the Apostle Paul, writing to the Galatian church in AD 49 or 55 (the Ryrie Study Bible lists both as possibilities).
The quote I used is from Galatians 1:3-5, in the NKJV, and I wrote it in my journal as a reminder to share these encouraging words with you.
Honestly, I’m sometimes overwhelmed by the evil of this present age—especially if I indulge in too much exposure to it.
And by that I don’t mean that we should stick our heads in the sand, but that we need to be aware of what’s good for us and what’s not.
Because the only place we can truly find peace in the midst of the building chaos swirling around us is within the context of our relationship with Jesus.
So I encourage you, if you’re overwhelmed, take some time to evaluate how you’re spending your time, slowly discard that which isn’t helpful, and step into those things which nourish your relationship with Him.
For me, that’s more and more time in prayer and study of the Word, which brings me such comfort.
And if you’re not too interested in either, ask God to help you with that.
The shift God created
After my mom died six years ago, I was overwhelmed with emotions and trying to distract myself with education.
I remember the very moment I was standing outside a classroom on a Christian campus, talking to a friend on the phone about all the students I was encountering who were so passionate about studying the Bible.
“I’m just not,” I told her. “I’m not excited about the Bible and I need you to pray that God will change that in me.”
Well, her prayer was certainly answered.
God’s Word is such an incredible gift that He’s provided to help us understand so much and to provide guidance and reassurance in the midst of troubling times.
And along with that is prayer.
What a fabulous privilege and comfort to being able to talk directly with God about everything and anything!
God wants to hear from us, spend time with us, love us, comfort us, nurture us, guide us, and allow us to cling to Him.
God is in control
When I get frustrated by the seeming success of evil forces or influences, I am reminded that the Bible is very clear that God was, is, and will always been in control and His justice will ultimately reign.
Additionally, there may be specific points of action that God wants us to take as His representatives here—but we can’t accurately know what those are if we don’t have a foundation of prayer and study of His Word.
So, my prayer for you today, my friend, is that you will move ever more closely to Him and away from that which distracts you from doing so.
Because only in Jesus can we find the comfort, peace, and hope that each of us needs.
This post is adapted from Sue’s Perspectives column in the latest edition of The Empowered Traveler™ Newsletter. If you’re not already a subscriber, you can do that here: Subscribe to Sue’s newsletter.