You will never hear a newscaster say…
You will never hear a newscaster say, “There was a terrorist attack in New York City today, but don’t worry, God is in control.” You won’t hear a newscaster say, “The Dow Jones dipped 700 points today, but don’t worry, God will provide for us!” Or, “We’re on the verge of a world-wide depression, but don’t be afraid, God feeds the sparrows; surely he will care for us.”
I have never heard a newscaster encourage viewers to look to the Lord in the midst of disasters or challenging times. And even if we don’t watch the news or check social media, we can still be tempted to focus on our circumstances rather than the Lord. And whatever we fix our minds upon will have a huge impact on whether we experience God’s peace or not.
How Warren Buffet calms his nerves…
I once read that when billionaire Warren Buffet feels his blood pressure rising or his nerves on edge, he calms himself by looking at snapshots of his family or playing a game of bridge with his friends. I was trying to imagine a conversation he might have with his wife if he went bankrupt:
Warren: Honey, we’ve lost everything. My retirement’s gone, and our investments are down the toilet.
Warren’s Wife: Here, dear, why don’t you look at some photos of your grandchildren?
Warren: Ahh, my grandchildren….Now I feel better. I’m totally at peace. Wait a minute! Arghhhh! They’re doomed! I got nothin’ for them! They’ll be forced to work in sweat shops and stand in bread lines!
Wife: Honey, would you like to play a game of bridge?
God has a better solution…
Whether it be our finances, a wayward teen, health challenges, or anything else that tempts us to fear, God’s Word has a much better solution than playing bridge or looking at photos:
You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. (IS 26.3-4)
When we’re tempted to fear or be anxious, we must keep our mind stayed on God. We must anchor our thoughts on him and his promises. We must keep reminding ourselves that God is in control. That he is a God of steadfast love and kindness. That our Father loves to give good gifts to his children. That he has promised to never leave or forsake us. That he is absolutely trustworthy and will fulfill his every promise. That if he gave his only Son to save us, he will surely give us every good thing?
We must keep our eyes on Christ, not our circumstances:
And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” (MT 14.28-30)
As long as Peter kept his eyes fixed on Jesus, he was able to walk on water. But when he shifted his gaze from Jesus to the wind and waves, he began to sink.
So rivet your eyes on Christ and He will guard your heart with his peace that surpasses understanding.