Short Meditations on Peace 10. Peace in Crisis
Jas 1:2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds
Another aspect of why we may lack peace, it is the aspect of living through a crisis. (You may have thought the job issue in the previous meditation is a crisis issue for you). A crisis in our lives tends to be something out of our control and, therefore, of which we have no control as to how or when it will be ended and what might happen to us in it. The way we handle it or cope with it may depend on past experiences, what we have learned of life, or even our personality. It is natural in a crisis for there to be an absence of peace because there tend to be so many question marks hanging over us that are, as yet, unresolved.
I’m struggling not to identify specific types of crisis because whatever I suggest, you may find yourself in something different, because that is what happens in a fallen world, there is a tremendous variety of things that go wrong, but generally such crises tend to be health-related, work related, finance related or relationship-related. The question arises in such situations, apart from praying, what can we do?
With health issues if we are not in faith to pray for healing (which is where many of us are) then the first step is going to seek help from the medical profession and have our worries alleviated by the advice or diagnosis of a doctor. If it is work it, very often, is beyond us being able to do anything. Finances we’ll deal with separately. Relationships are so often about breakdowns and so seeking the Lord for wisdom to know what to say or do is a vital first step. Again we’ll consider relationship issues separately.
One of the causes of worry in these situations is the sense of being alone and therefore it is down to me to resolve this, but how? Well there is a very well-known verse that should be applied here that we have recently referred to: “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him and have been called according to His purpose.” (Rom 8:28) We have each (who are Christians) been called by God into relationship with Him, to receive of Him as His children. He is our provider and at the very least promises us His wisdom (Jas 1:5) and His grace (His resources to cope) are available to us – all part of His calling and purpose for us. But He also tells us that He is working for us in whatever situation we find ourselves and He is working to bring good out of that situation. That ‘good’ may be a change in you (what does He want you to become through it?) or a change in the circumstances themselves. Thank Him that He is there for you, to provide the grace you need and thank Him that He IS in your circumstances to work good for you in them. Rest and know peace.