Peace, not panic, in changing times

Like many of you, I’ve been watching gas prices with concern. Proverbs 27:12 talks about that the wise or prudent man sees the danger coming and plans in advance. In contrast, the fool is oblivious, moves into the danger, and suffers the harm.

But sometimes, seeing the danger coming doesn’t lead to prudent planning, but fearful panic. What makes the difference between these two? Especially as you see the price of gas, and much along with it, going higher and higher.

What has been helpful to me is focusing on what hasn’t changed. True, a lot is changing in our lives, but certain truths are still unchanged and fundamental. Here’s a few that I’ve been considering:

Lamentations 3:22-24

The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail.

They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.”

My takeaway: no matter how bad it may get (and it was pretty bad for Jeremiah in Lamentations), my God hasn’t stopped being loving and compassionate each and every day. Even if I lose all my possession, I will not lose my relationship with Him, and so I have hope.

Psalm 23:1 and John 10:14-15

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

“I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.”

My takeaway: Jesus is my shepherd, and He knows me in a very personal and close way. He will take care of me, and has already proven that through His death and resurrection.

Psalm 2:1-4

Why are the nations in an uproar And the peoples devising a vain thing?

The kings of the earth take their stand And the rulers take counsel together Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,

“Let us tear their fetters apart And cast away their cords from us!”

He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them.

My takeaway: The world is always going to be in opposition to God and to His Son, Jesus. But even at their wisest, strongest, and most united, God remains enthroned in heaven. He is not worried; instead He laughs. If my God isn’t worried, then I can be worry-free as I trust in Him.

John 16:33

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

My takeaway: Jesus gives us His peace, knowing full well how great will be the tribulations and challenges in this life. But the peace He gives is always greater, because He has overcome on our behalf.

So, no matter what may happen with gas prices, with wars, with politics, and anything else in life, the truth of God’s Word stands firm. The character of God remains faithful. The plans of God are unchanged. And I can know peace, instead of fear, because Jesus is always taking care of His people. Which means the biggest area of concern is whether you believe in Jesus or not. Trust in Him as the only One who can save you from your sins; who can give you forgiveness of sins and righteousness before the God who created you; who has proven His love for you by dying on the cross in your place, and overcoming by His resurrection. And once you belong to Jesus, whenever you have doubts, fears, anxieties, or challenges, run to Him as your refuge. Run to Him as your Shepherd! He is always there, taking care of His sheep!