In a world filled with turmoil and strife, it is so easy to get caught up in what is going on … terrorism … wars … ridiculous candidate choices … corrupt government … fraudulent voting systems … black lives matter … blue lives matter … and the list can go on and on and on. How depressing! How utterly helpless we could feel!
As believers, we are called to turn our focus elsewhere. Hebrews 12:2 tells us to, “Keep our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith.” Colossians 3:2 tells us to, “Set our minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth.” So what if we did these things…no questions asked…how would our perspectives be different…how would our lives be different?
As believers, we must know and accept that Yahweh alone is in control. As a matter of fact, a lot of what is going on now in the world was warned about nearly two thousand years ago. “But know this: Difficult times will come in the last days. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid these people!” (2 Timothy 3:1-5) That sure sounds like the world today.
But notice, it sounds like the world today. Yahweh knows everything that is happening. Nothing takes Him by surprise, not even the two main presidential candidates! He is in control. He will put who he will put in power. He will be with us through all of the strife and turmoil and all of the conflicts and wars. But we must turn our focus to Him. We must follow His ways and His leading. We must remember that as believers in the Most High God, our citizenship is in heaven from which we also eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 3:20) We must live according to the Spirit and set our minds on the things of the Spirit. (Romans 8:5) We must focus on whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, and morally excellent. (Philippians 4:8)
If we keep our focus on Him, he promises “He will keep the mind that is dependent on Him in perfect peace, for it is trusting in Him” (Isaiah 26:3)