With the recent rumblings of violence in the world, it is beginning to seem that not a day goes by, in which we are not faced with an endless barrage of news stories coming at us from all corners of the globe, all with an abruptness that causes the quietness of our souls to flee… Then, With our calmness and serenity shattered... we are left, with the peace of our hearts corrupted by the nagging voice of doubt and chaos…
How are we to cope with such an un-tamable giant? We are well aware of the fact that anxiety is a monster of a force, with a grip of fingers that can cause even the most stout among us to choke… strangle on our fear….gasping for our breath...trying to remain calm instead of panic. It is almost as if we should die right on the spot, from our smothering fear…Sometimes…even with all of our conditioning…all of our spiritual preparations…we forget ourselves, and allow our hearts and minds to be sucked into the rumblings and the trappings of a world gone mad. It is a slippery slope to navigate. As Christians how are we supposed to deal with these times when it seems that God has closed up shop and taken all His quiet and calm with Him. What, just what are we supposed to do? Well, in the Bible we find:
“Fear not, I am with you; be not dismayed; I am your God. I will strengthen you, and help you, and uphold you with my right hand of justice.” Isaiah 41:10
There you have it, do not fear. It’s quite easier said than done. For this, we must rely entirely on God. Actually, we must rely on Him, for everything. If we go back in the Church history and look at the saints and their lives. We would find that many of them bore great sufferings and many struggled with the same feelings of anxiety that we deal with today. Many others struggled with the same fears that plague us now… It was not until they conformed their lives to the Will of the One Who made them that they were able to become the saints that the Lord intended.
We must remember that God has created each of us as unique individuals…each of us from His own hands… We are created in His likeness and image…we are all destined for great things… but only if we follow Him… and allow ourselves to be filled with His love, and moved by His Spirit… This will only happen if we allow ourselves to be guided by the very Words of Christ….
With so much talk about doomsday survival and SHTF scenarios, we as Christians don’t have to look far for a plan of keeping our heads about us when everyone else is losing theirs to fear and chaos. God has provided for us everything we need to remain calm in Him. We have the Holy Bible…His Sacred Words… the Inspirational whisperings of a loving Father… But we also have His bold instructions that command us to be strong….Words that we can literally pull our strength from. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”– Joshua 1:9
So if the world ever comes crashing down around you…or if the world seems to crumble beneath you….crumble beneath the very feet you’re standing on…. hold fast to God…hold fast to your Faith…. and fall to your knees in prayer. Prayer builds us up. It holds us up, when we can’t find the courage to go on. It will be your strength until you regain your own. It will help you sort out the dark from the light and bring serenity to your heart again. When the world is shaking beneath you, it will help you regain your balance. But most importantly…. prayer will help you regain your hope.
“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.”
While the rest of the world is screaming of the great apocalypse or ringing with fears of the ‘Big One’ that will divide us right down the middle…. we need to remember that even if it does occur, even if we are left with rubble all around…our towns and homes collapsed, our belongings all gone… We should not give into the monster of anxiety that will be there to devour our soul…Even then….We must not allow ourselves to fall under the influence of the trappings of the devil….He will destroy our souls if we let him…We must be strong… we must pray… pray… and pray. Then, we must trust in the Lord, allowing His courage to fill us, so that we can face whatever comes next. Because whatever happens, and whether we want to admit it or not…there are much worse things for us than death.
“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28)