“Behold, the hour is coming, indeed, it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:32-33
Right now my environment seems to be in a state of chaos. There was a major leak in the condominium above ours which called serious damage to our bathroom and kitchen. We cannot live there until at least some of the rebuild work is completed–we are essentially homeless. Even as I say this, I realize our blessings are great, because friends with a finished basement have taken us in, and we are able to go to our daughter’s apartment to cook and wash our clothes.
Our problems are minor in comparison to the troubles facing many in our world. We have food, clothing, a roof over our heads, and caring friends and family. Yet we’re unsettled. We can’t find things when we need them; our routines are disrupted. We feel a loss of control and security. Satan loves this sort of thing, because it distracts us from God’s presence. My prayer life has dwindled and the other morning I cried for no real reason — I simply felt frustrated and fed up with our situation.
In the verses above, Jesus tells us these times will come. We need to expect them and not allow them to disturb our peace in Him. We are never alone, never truly homeless, because He is with us, and He has overcome any chaos the world can create. When our focus is on Christ, any problems in the environment recede.
Does your environment feel chaotic? Turn it over to the Prince of Peace. He loves you and so do!