In these troubling times, my heart is burdened — not only for our world and our country — but for the condition of people’s hearts. With the barrage of bad news that is assailing us every day, many have grown discouraged, disillusioned, and angry. Those of us who love Jesus and want to see His Kingdom come to earth haven’t been exempt from this difficult season; in fact, in many ways, we feel it more deeply. While it may seem almost too simple, the answer to the perplexing situation we find ourselves in today is to lift our eyes above it. As Christians, this is the joy of our salvation — the fact that when things appear foreboding and confusing, we have the option, and the joy, of looking up! While it’s right to be concerned about the state of our society, it’s wrong to let it steal our hope and stifle our happiness. Our God is unfailingly good, and His steadfast love never ceases. When we envision the place of peace and perfection that lies above the noise and chaos of the world and allow ourselves to rest in our Heavenly Father’s presence —even briefly — each day, He brings our hearts and minds back to their true Center. Nothing can shake the goodness of His nature, and no action of man can foil His perfect plan. He invites us to rest in the knowledge and sufficiency of who He is and to be filled with confident expectation that stems from His unchanging character. In short, when He is our sole desire, everything else comes into focus.
My friend, if the world that surrounds you becomes too heavy to bear, your Savior invites you to find rest by lifting your eyes above it. In these tumultuous times, make Jesus the object of your affection and let Him fill you with the peace that surpasses understanding. Love His Word that gives you life and let His praise continually be on your lips. As you fix your gaze on Him, He will lead you ahead, illuminate your path with wisdom, and use your life to deliver encouragement, inspiration, and help to those who feel as if they have lost their way.