SHOP
My Cart My Cart (0)
0
$5 off coupon in-store only. Unsubscribe at any time.

Read A Sample

Living With Confidence In A Chaotic World

Living With Confidence In A Chaotic World

by David Jeremiah


Learn More | Meet David Jeremiah
CHAPTER 1

STAY CALM

Funny how it never rains in Beijing when American presidents arrive for high-profile visits. It’s no coincidence. Military meteorologists in China seed the clouds and empty them of their moisture in advance.1 The weather is tailor-made for the occasion. That’s why the skies were picture-perfect for the opening ceremonies of the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics. Using an arsenal of rockets, artillery, and aircraft, Chinese scientists blasted the clouds right out of the sky. “We can turn a cloudy day into a dry and sunny one,” boasted Miam Donglian of the Beijing weather bureau.2

That’s nothing compared to what’s coming. Weather modification is a rapidly developing technology, spurred on by billion-dollar investments in climate change and global warming. It’s a new science, and its ramifications aren’t lost on military planners. Secret laboratories in military installations around the globe are developing what may be the most underreported arms race on earth: weather warfare.

Many military and environmental scientists believe we can learn to use powerful chemicals and electromagnetic scalar waves to manipulate and control short-term weather patterns in ways that can alter the world’s balance of power.

When we read about such ideas, we feel like we’re either hurtling into the age of science fiction or stepping into the pages of the book of Revelation. The last book of the Bible indicates that catastrophic disruptions in the earth’s meteorological patterns will wreak havoc on the world during the Great Tribulation.

But here’s what I want you to know: as we await the Lord’s return, the atmospherics of your heart and mine should be calm. The Bible says we have a God who calms the storm and a Savior who rebukes the wind and waves so they are calm (Psalm 107:29; Luke 8:24). The writer of Psalm 131 said, “Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul” (v. 2). Proverbs 17:27 tells us that a person of understanding has a calm spirit; and in Isaiah 7:4, the Lord told us, “Be careful, keep calm and don’t be afraid. Do not lose heart” (NIV).

Calm is an interesting word that is known more for what it is not: agitation, fear, or turbulence. But “calm” does require some kind of storm or we would never notice it. The weather world gave us the word in the first place. It means wind that is moving one mile per hour or less. The Beaufort scale has “Calm” at one end and “Hurricane” at the other—extreme opposites.

Take a moment and evaluate your own life. As you attempt to move through these chaotic days, where would the Beaufort scale register the winds of your soul?

A June 2020 American Psychological Association poll indicated that 83 percent of us believe the future of our nation is a significant source of stress. That figure represented a rise of seventeen percentage points in only twelve months!3 One industry is actually doing very well: pharmaceutical medicines for anxiety. I’ve read claims that more than forty million Americans suffer from enough anxiety and depression to need medication.4 While this may represent a wise option in cases of clinical stress, there are deeper causes for panic attacks and anxiety that medication will never penetrate.

Perhaps this is a good time to remember why I wrote this book and why you have chosen to read it. We are trying to determine what on earth we should be doing in these stressful times. And we have discovered that God has given us solid answers to our questions in the very passages that tell us of His Son’s return to earth.

In this chapter, and in every chapter that follows it, I have identified instructions for living life while we are looking for the Savior. I can find no better resource for our troubled days than His example. Jesus, for instance, spoke to His disciples about His purposes after leaving earth. Here is how He began: “Let not your heart be troubled” (John 14:1). He would not have said these calming words unless His followers needed them. Their hearts were troubled; He knows that ours are too. Each one of us has a different “anxiety quotient.”

Some people believe that when they accept Christ, they will receive a Get Out of Stress Free card and live a life of uninterrupted bliss. To be honest, when I became a believer, I picked up a few new problems I hadn’t had before. Jesus never offered a false promise. At every point, He warned us that troubles would follow our path and that obedience to Him would actually increase our persecution. But He is also the one who said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, emphasis added).

Jesus Himself felt pressure. He was distressed as He watched Mary weep over the death of her brother Lazarus. He “groaned in the spirit and was troubled” (John 11:33). As He contemplated the cross, He felt genuine anxiety (John 12:27). As He waited for Judas to betray Him, He was troubled (John 13:21). He is a high priest who can “sympathize with our weaknesses” (Hebrews 4:15).

As the death of our Lord Jesus came near, His disciples began to be anxious about their life situations, and Jesus comforted them with these words:

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:1–6)

THE ULTIMATE IN COMFORT

We need to return to this passage whenever we are besieged by worry. Remember, Jesus didn’t say these words as He stood beside a Galilean stream on a sunny day, without a care in the world. He said them as He stood near the jaws of hell itself. He didn’t speak from the all-protective shelter of His Father’s arms. He sat with His frightened disciples in the Upper Room, preparing for the worst of humanity and the silence of heaven. His words were, “Let not your heart be troubled.”

It encourages me to realize that He faced what He did, felt the worst of what we would feel, and still drew enough strength to comfort others. He looked at His friends and felt compassion for them. These were men He had asked to follow Him. For three years He had been their life. Then He had begun to speak of leaving them. In John 13, He had told them that the time was drawing near for Him to leave, and that this time they would not be able to follow Him. Peter asked Him exactly where He was going. Jesus told him again that it was a place to which he could not come until sometime in the future (John 13:36).

This conversation would have been terribly upsetting for the disciples who had depended on Jesus for everything. Our Lord’s words of encouragement to His close friends were preserved by the apostle John so that they are available to give comfort to us as well. Jesus gave His disciples some things to believe, things to hold on to. He asked them to put their trust in four things that He promised would provide courage and renewed strength for their troubled hearts. I think you will discover as you read the following pages that these timeless truths are just what you and I need in these chaotic days.

Search Chapters:

Browse More Chapters