John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
It would be necessary for someone to be totally disconnected from civilization not to notice that we have entered into very unusual times on the earth. Things are occurring at lightning pace and things we have long taken for granted are tumbling all around us. The heads of nations are being shaken, the weather is being shaken, the financial system is being shaken and our hearts are being shaken. The world claims to desire peace in the Middle East but we have never seen a world so ready to go to war as we have right now. The peace that Jesus talks about is different than the peace the world desires. There are a few different ways to react to what we see all around us today. One is to faint from fear as it says in the following passage:
Luke 21: 25-26 says that just before the return of Christ;
There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
Or we can continue to serve God through His grace with godly fear as it talks about in this passage because His kingdom cannot be shaken!:
Hebrews 12: 25 See that you refuse not him that speaks. For if they escaped not who refused him that spoke on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaks from heaven: 26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he has promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 27 And this word, Yet once more, signifies the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Why we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 29 For our God is a consuming fire.
The things we are seeing happening now in the world were predicted thousands of years ago as you can see in the following references:
Old Testament references
The heart of the matter:
Zechariah 12:1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, said the LORD, which stretches forth the heavens, and lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him.2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling to all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. 3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
Gods promise to protect His people through His Spirit
Haggai 2:5 According to the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so my spirit remains among you: fear you not. 6 For thus said the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; 7 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, said the LORD of hosts. 8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, said the LORD of hosts. 9 The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, said the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, said the LORD of hosts.
And Isaiah shares with us what He saw in a vision from God
Isaiah 13: 9 See, the day of the Lord is coming —a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger— to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it. 10The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light. The rising sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light. 11 I will punish the world for its evil,the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless. 12I will make man scarcer than pure gold, more rare than the gold of Ophir. 13 Therefore I will make the heavens tremble;and the earth will shake from its place at the wrath of the Lord Almighty, in the day of his burning anger.
The Psalmist King David gives us something to consider here:
Psalm 62:5 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. 6 He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. 7 My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. 8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Selah (which means pause and think about this)
And in the book of Titus it tells us what we should be looking for:
Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify to himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise you.
So friends as we watch and wait together I pray that your heart may be filled with the peace that passes all understanding and you continue to do the things the Lord has given you to do without fear of all that is being played out before our eyes! Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and keep looking up!
Joel 3:16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.
Under His wing,