How to Have Peace in Troubling Times

Jesus is always the answer to our world's problems.

Just a few weeks ago, America elected a new president. I’m certainly not alone in saying this past presidential election was one of the most stressful, controversial and polarizing times we’ve ever had in our country. Many of us felt we had to perhaps choose the candidate who would do the least damage. Some were overwhelmed at the thought of having to walk into a voting booth and choose someone they didn’t completely believe in. Others were passionate about their candidate and are thrilled with the outcome.

No matter what side you were on, Donald Trump is our president-elect. We must pray for him. Yet I can tell you one thing for sure: He is not the answer to all the problems in our nation. There’s only one answer, and His name is Jesus.

A few years ago, I had a dream in which I was sitting in the front seat of a car. The driver was a pastor friend of mine, and the other passenger was an evangelist friend. The evangelist had just preached a message warning that this was going to be a year of darkness. The pastor said, “You know, I’m not trying to take objection to your message. I thought it was great, but I feel like the Lord has shown me it’s going to be a year of light.”

The evangelist responded, “Well, I’m not trying to be argumentative, but I feel like the Lord said it’s going to be a year of darkness.” So the pastor replied, “Well, I don’t want to argue either.” They were being really nice (That’s how you know it was a dream!), but they kept going back and forth between darkness and light.

Finally, I’d had enough. I jumped in and said, “Guys, stop! Don’t you remember the ninth plague in Egypt? Darkness covered the whole land, but the children of Israel had light in their dwellings. God is saying it’s going to get darker and darker in our world, but we will always have light in our dwelling.”

It seems every decade our world has gotten darker and darker as we’ve had political scandals, corporate corruption, civil unrest and wars. But that’s only one part of the story.

I still have light in my dwelling. I have Jesus in my heart, and no darkness can extinguish Him. Every single person in the world can have light in their dwelling if they just realize Jesus is still the answer, and God is still in control.

Isaiah 45:5–6 says, “I am the Lord, and there is no other; there is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me, that they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is none besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other.”

During troubling times, I know God is still on the throne, and this gives me so much peace. I know He’s in control. I know He is sovereign. I know who has authority and rule in my home. Isaiah 46:9–10 says, “Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure.’” He knows the end from the beginning! Regardless of the direction of our nation, I know how it ends.

In any election, we never get to vote for the best candidate. I don’t know who you voted for, but that person isn’t the best candidate. That’s because the best candidate did not run. He’s already been nominated and appointed King of kings and Lord of lords: “And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” (Revelation 19:16).

Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega. He is the way, the truth and the life. The Great I Am. He is the light of the world, the bread of life, and the resurrection and the life. No human being will ever be the perfect candidate, but we still must keep praying for our nation and its leaders, for it says in 1 Timothy 2:1–2: “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.” And I encourage you to remember this: God is still in control and Jesus is still the answer!  ©2016 Robert Morris

Scripture quotations are taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version.

Robert Morris is the founding senior pastor of Gateway Church, a multicampus church in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. He is featured on the weekly television program The Blessed Life and serves as chairman of the board of The King’s University.