Written by Lucas Bueno
In recent months, political unrest and turmoil have flooded the United States of America and the world. This adds to an increasing amount of intense uncertainty and grueling stress during these current times. On Jan. 6, one of the most shocking events in the history of the U.S. occurred as violent insurgents stormed the Capitol. Horrific events like these shake our certainty in our rulers and governments. We are frightened by the paths our government could go down. We feel insecure when our leaders make decisions that go against our beliefs. We wonder what the future will bring. However, the Bible has good news and counsel.
The Bible tells us that the kingdoms and governments of the world will not last forever. They bring good and prosperity to the world at times, but we cannot place any of our faith in them. There is only one Kingdom in which we can have complete certainty and faith. Governments and rulers will rise and fall, but the Kingdom of God is eternal. His sovereignty has always existed and only it brings true prosperity and peace. In His reign, we will have no fear of political unrest for the old ways of the world will have perished. How amazing the day will be when we enter His Kingdom.
However, we can join Christ’s kingdom even now. As Paul writes, “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the Kingdom of the Son of His love.” Col. 1:13 (NKJV)
By accepting Jesus, His love and His sacrifice, we become sons and daughters of the King. We become heirs to His Kingdom. And even more amazing is the peace that comes to our minds when we accept Christ; this peace extends beyond all comprehension.
As Jesus says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NIV)
It is this very peace that can help us sort through the strenuous political events that we have witnessed so far and that we will witness in the future. While we must always pray for our
leaders, we must also put our complete faith in our ultimate leader, Jesus Christ.
As the Bible and its divinely given prophecies state, the world will continue to descend into darkness and turmoils. Leaders will arise who will openly defy the truths of God, His Holy Scriptures and His followers. However, it is especially during these troubling times that we must direct our faith, hope and focus onto Jesus. Do not be too discouraged by the failures and conflicts of the world’s governments. Find rest and assurance in the peace and promises of His kingdom.
“But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” Psalms 31:14 (NIV)