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Probably too often, we say, “We are living in interesting days.” It sounds a little vanilla, a bit like a surrender to the—what shall we call it—chaos.

But they are interesting, aren’t they?

When I look at news on the internet, I learn about occurrences that I never would have known a few years ago. Technology is great. We all use it, need it, and love it—mostly. But the flood of information that is now available has not been helpful to us. Too often, it leaves us angry, hateful, fearful, and even depressed. 

When the Lord told Daniel about the time of the end, He added, “But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase” (Daniel 12:4).1

Christians have been seeing this increase in knowledge for decades. But none of those who spoke forty years ago could have possibly imagined the amount of input to which we have access today. I can’t help but wonder if this is flood of information is one of the things Jesus had in mind to when He said, “And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:12–14).

All of this lawlessness. We don’t seem able to process it without our love growing cold.

We know more about lawlessness in our nation and in the world than any generation that has ever existed on earth. People a hundred years ago did not have instant access to the malapropos thoughts of hundreds of individuals who lived even fifty miles away, much less thousands of miles away like we do today on social media platforms. They wouldn’t have known about the arrests of criminals in other cities, unless they were spectacular events, nor would they have seen photos or videos of them just moments after they happened. I don’t think we humans are capable of handling so much information and remain mentally, spiritually, and psychologically healthy. I’m not sure the mind of mankind is equipped to process the information available today without suffering a deleterious effect on his or her life. How long can a person walk around angry, afraid, and full of hate and remain stable?

Yet, we feel compelled to know as much as possible about a great many things so we can be “informed.”

So, here’s a thought. Although we are informed about a great deal of things, the Lord God Almighty knows…everything. He has perfect knowledge. There is nothing He does not know. Nothing. Our intelligence compared to His is—what shall we say? Miniscule. And yet, he is able to “handle” all of it. Not only does He know every fact about every person and every situation on earth and in the universe, He knows every fact about every person and every situation on earth and in the universe in the future.

Mind boggled yet? I am.

So, let’s pause for a moment and bring all the crescendo of negative noise going on in our brains down to one placid place: God. And His peace. Most of the time in the New Testament, peace is used in reference to our relationship to Him. So what? This has very practical implications for us. “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:6).

This is where peace is.

After Peter had written about what would happen in the last days, he penned, “Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace” (2 Peter 3:14).

Hmm. “Be diligent to be found in Him without spot or blemish and at peace.”

Yes. Remember what Jesus said in the teaching about the last days we looked at earlier in Matthew, He said, “But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”

No matter how much we know—and lots of it is distressing and negative—there is only one thing that is vital: Our place and peace with the Lord God Almighty.

1All Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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