By Kyle Gilbert, Digital Media Director
These days, many of us are experiencing a level of uncertainty that’s unlike anything we’ve ever encountered before. Between health concerns, the global economy, and insecurity at work, we’ve got a lot on our minds. But God has more for us than living with frazzled nerves and constantly scrolling through bad news, so here are five tips for finding peace in the middle of the crazy.
1. Understand that God grows our trust in Him as we face adversity.
When you’re going through a difficult time, it’s hard to imagine that anything good can come from something so painful, but Scripture is clear that God uses the trials we go through to grow us spiritually.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4 (NIV)
While we all prefer times when everything is smooth sailing, it’s the challenges we go through that do the most good for our souls.
2. Take solace in knowing you’re not alone.
Like never before, the challenges you feel about making ends meet, looking for a new job, or dealing with heath concerns are also felt in every section of the globe. So whatever you’re facing, you can be assured that many others are dealing with the same concerns.
So reach out to a friend, mentor, or counselor. Open up about the fears you’re facing, and be ready to listen to the concerns of others.
3. Cultivate a heart of gratitude.
When you’re going through a crisis, gratitude doesn’t come naturally because you’re looking at the immensity of your problems. But when you take time each day to reflect on God’s goodness over the years, you’ll begin to see your situation in light of His past faithfulness, and you’ll break the cycle of negative thoughts.
When we realize that God has delivered us from many challenges in the past, it’s easier to trust Him in the middle of new trials.
4. Find comfort in the Psalms.
While there are many books of the Bible that contain encouragement, the Psalms give us a look into the unfiltered prayer journal of King David. At times the writing is furious or revengeful. At other times lofty, but always the words are transparent. We see the heart of a person who is flawed but desires to honor God with his life.
5. Realize this is not the end of your story.
Most of the pain you are experiencing comes from feeling stuck – from feeling that your trials are insurmountable. Remember that as followers of Jesus, this world is not our home. You are loved because of grace, and you have an eternal destination that blows this world away.
Stay faithful. Draw near to God. He will get you through this. It may not be the way you’d expect, but He will lead you through this.