Len Browning: Finding peace in troubled times
Craig On Feb. 10, The Independent in the United Kingdom reported on a speech given by The Right Honorable Ed Balls. In part, he warned that events worldwide were moving at a "speed, pace and ferocity which none of us have seen before."
Ball's assessment was primarily in reference to world economic conditions. Many others are commenting on the state of relations in the world, increased unrest in the Middle East, the United States' lessened role as a "super power," dependence on oil, Benjamin Netanyahu's return as Israel's prime minister, continued civil wars in many countries, wars and rumors of wars, famines and the list goes on.
Many Christians are concerned that the "end" is near. For some, this means the rapture of the church, the imminent return of Jesus Christ, the ushering in of the battle of Armageddon and the coming Millennial Kingdom (1,000 year reign) of Jesus Christ.
I am reminded that well-meaning Christians have expected and even predicted this "end" since AD 70. It is important to remember that in response to the disciples' question concerning the time of the "end" Jesus said: "But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone." (Mark 13:32)
The Prophet Daniel was given insight into many historical and future kingdoms and events. At one point, after a vision of the future, he is "exhausted and ill" for several days after which he says, "Then I got up and carried on the King's business." (Daniel 8:27)
Daniel served both human kings and the Divine King - Jehovah. For us, focusing on our calling in life, work and family, as well as serving Christ our King when we are overwhelmed by the state of our world is advantageous.
Earlier in Daniel's story he faced death at the hands of the tyrant King Nebuchadnezzar and prayed in a way that mirrors the Apostle Paul's admonition to us in his letter to the church at Philippi: "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Finding peace and avoiding anxiousness are keys to thriving in times of uncertainty. I think what we need during these tenuous times is to pray and be about The King's business.