When my daughter talks to me about her fears for her future in our current world, I feel at a loss at how to comfort her.
Of course, the coronavirus. Natural disasters. Politics. The economy. Fighting, verbally and physically, between many groups in our country. As well as our nation’s place in the world.
So much to fear.
I’m afraid too.
I strive to cling to my faith in God’s protection. And that’s what I want to share with my children.
Though things may get worse or better in our world, we will never be satisfied by the hope we can find here. As Christians, we should always be good citizens of the world, but it can never fully give us peace.
I want to say, “Draw closer to the Word of God, and find his immeasurable hope there. Put your trust in Jesus first always.”
He does not promise us an easy time in this world, though he often gives us great beauty and joy here. But Jesus does promise to stand with us and help us if we will turn to him.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
“For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you,
‘Do not fear, I will help you.’”
1 Peter 5:7:
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.