“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal (Isaisah 26:3,4).”
The world is a chaotic place. I guess I feel that way because I read the news a lot; I’m a news junkie. One particular place chaos abounds is in politics. When I was overseas I followed American politics religiously. I pretty much stopped after the last presidential election from fatigue, and once I moved back to America in October, I quit altogether.
My personal life is crazy enough at the moment, what with all the changes, without adding the nuttiness of the political arena to it. Politics is tailor made for fighting. The current president rode into power on a wave of popularity, but after one year in office the piranhas are already circling. It is as if Americans cannot stand it if they are not battling over something.
I suppose I am going through some culture shock in the area of “noise”. In Finland, the country I just moved from, it is quiet. The culture values peace. Loudness in public is not a virtue. Yet, in the USA we are constantly bombarded with sound. Even now, in the cafe I am in, the speakers are blaring out a jazz tune. The media knows its American audience, and daily screams out the latest conflict.
The apostle Paul valued quietness and peace. He wrote his disciple Timothy urging that prayer be made for those in authority because he saw that stability at the top made for quiet and peaceful living (I Timothy 2:1,2). Our culture, especially the media, seems to value infighting and winning at any cost. Our people pursue money, spirits, overeating, sex, and power. Perhaps we do all this to avoid facing ourselves as we really are; if we make enough noise in our lives it will drown out the nagging empty feeling in our souls, or the pain.
The Bible warns against pursuing these things. Money is fleeting. Involvement with booze and abuse of food leads to ruin. Going after illicit sex results in a spiral downward to bad character (Proverbs 23:4-5,20-21,27-29).
What gives permanency,success, good character and fulfillment? The Bible outlines this, also. It says to passionately pursue God. It says to trust Him to fill our emptiness. If we want to go after anything, it should be His wisdom and truth. (Proverbs 23:15-19). The end result will be a peaceful soul.