3 Simple Keys to Keeping Your Peace in the Midst of Terror

3 Simple Keys to Keeping Your Peace in the Midst of Terror

Another week, another deadly terror attack. It’s so sad and so scary. For someone who has had a lifelong struggle with fear events like what happened in Nice seem to confirm that my fear is pretty well-founded.

Some say the world is at the worst place it has ever been. Others say it’s not as bad as it’s going to get. Either way there’s a lot to fear out there.

If we don’t control our fear it will control us. It will paralyze us. We can’t afford to be paralyzed when there’s a hurting world that needs us. We must find a way to walk in peace.

There’s a little truth slipped right into the middle of the book of Isaiah that I have to constantly remind myself of:

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. (26:3).

Perfect peace isn’t a default setting, in fact, fear and anxiety are. When sin first entered the world Adam was immediately afraid. Peace is something we have to fight for. We only get the peace when we keep our mind “stayed” or set on God. It won’t come when we are stayed on Facebook, or cable news, or talk radio. Those will simply feed our fear and anxiety.

So how do you keep your mind stayed on God in a world of terror and fear? Here are three ways:

1. Meditation – Turn off the media. Get quiet. Meditate. Eastern meditation is about emptying your mind. Christian meditation is about filling your mind – filling it with God’s truth. (Ps. 1:2) Take a verse (like Isaiah 26:3), memorize it, then say it over and over to yourself throughout the day. Thinking about different ways the verse is true in your life. Then pick another verse. Get it in your heart, chew on it for a while, then let it go to your heart.

2. Gratitude – Anxiety, fear, and depression don’t stand a chance against gratitude. Start a gratitude journal. Every day write one thing you are grateful for. That tends to prime to pump. Lots more gratitude will flow and you’ll be reminded of God’s faithfulness in the past. He didn’t bring you this far to ditch you. Be grateful for what he has done in your life.

3. Serving –Yes, it’s dark out there folks. But trust me, God’s grace is still at work – everywhere. There’s still lots of good in the world. When you get out there and start serving you’ll see it. But it starts when you “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”(Luke 6:31) Be proactive about doing good. When you take the first step it will not only bring you peace, it’ll bring peace to others and remind them that God’s grace is running rampant.

This is not the time to cower in fear, hide, or go into defense mode. This is the time to fight for peace. I encourage you to take the three steps above seriously “and let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.” (Col. 3:15)

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27