By Samuel Liu

Most people in the modern world today are not at rest, and not at peace. When one turns on the news, one can sense spirits of fear and anxiety imparted through the mainstream media. The amount of “bad news” being broadcasted daily is enough to shake our faith, hope, and trust in God, if we are not intimately abiding in Him. I can only imagine the effects these news reports have on those who do not know Jesus as their Lord and savior.

For many people, fear and worry becomes normal “stress” in life. We then start to look for physical solutions to spiritual problems. For some of us, we look to our vacations from our jobs and schools, as we believe that these “breaks” are necessary for us to alleviate the stress of everyday life. For others the solution is escapism through entertainment, drugs, busyness, and/or unhealthy relationships.

However, taking vacation days or prescription drugs will never usher us into rest. True rest can only occur when our spirits and souls are at rest daily in the Lord! Physical relaxation cannot and will not stop the bombardment of fear and worry from the enemy in our minds. What each one of us needs is to cultivate a lifestyle of rest in the Lord, being refreshed in the presence of God daily, so much so that we would not need anything that the world has to offer (vacations, entertainment, drugs, etc.) in order to have peace and enjoyment in life! Also, when we are hidden in Christ in the secret place, we are shielded and protected from the enemy’s arrows (Ps 91:5) of fear and anxiety.

I am not suggesting that we shouldn’t take vacations or enjoy clean entertainment, only that we shouldn’t make them idols in which we depend on for our well-being. It is amazing how much money we can spend on these activities for the purpose of relaxation! We would be wise to heed Isaiah 55:1: “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.”

Lastly, we need to be watching the Lord more than watching the world (through the lens of mainstream media). We need to keep our eyes fixed on God, and not merely on our problems, whether personal issues or national crises. As everything is being shaken, let the world be astonished at a people who will not be moved (Ps 125:1).