Feel like the world has gone crazy? 10 Bible verses to keep you sane
Written By Tavier Westbrook // Christian lifestyle // EEW Magazine
With eroding morals, dirty politics, rampant racism and corruption everywhere you look, sometimes, it feels like the world has gone crazy, but you don’t have to.
The Bible is the perfect source to keep your heart and mind at peace in times of trouble and stabilize you in unstable times. Here are 10 incredible Bible verses to keep you centered, sane and level-headed.
Protect your peace: When the world threatens to disrupt your peace, remember the words of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. In John 14:27, He said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Guard your thoughts: If your brain is cluttered with the wrong things, this adds to your stress. Do what scripture prescribes and change what you’re thinking about. Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Talk to God about it. Instead of taking your gripes to social media or becoming consumed with the latest insane and inane gossip and foolishness, take your issues to the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Pray continually.”
Stay busy minding your own business: There’s an old saying that goes, “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” On the other hand, when you occupy yourself with the affairs of your own household, you’ll be better off. Don’t be the people about which 2 Thessalonians 3:11 says, “We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.”
Seek opportunities to do good: There’s enough bad happening in the world, so be intentional about spreading goodness. This pleases God and makes you feel great too. Galatians 6:10 says, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
Be a light in the darkness: Why let darkness frustrate you when you can be a bright light that chases the shadows away? Isaiah 58:10 says, “and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.”
Remember, times like these have been prophesied: God is not surprised by this chaotic world where many are self-seeking, rebellious and depraved. 2 Timothy 3 tells you to expect these things in the “last days.” So how do you handle it without going crazy? Paul tells Timothy in verse 14, “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it.” That’s great advice indeed!
Know that God is in control: Let’s face it: life feels out of control, especially these days. But, in the face of political wars and personal crises—despite who’s in the White House, or what is going on in your house— God is in control. Psalm 22:28 says, “for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.”
Expect God to calm the raging storm: Often, God allows stormy seasons to test your faith. But keep in mind, the same Jesus who calmed the raging storm in the Bible, is able to do it today, in your household, neighborhood and nation. Mark 4:39 says, “He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.”
You don’t have to fight your own battles: You will exhaust yourself by attempting to fight battles in your own strength. Lean and depend on the One to whom victory belongs. Proverbs 21:31 tells you, “The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD.”
Trouble may be everywhere, but so is our omnipresent God. When everything seems to be falling apart, God will hold your mind and entire life together if you trust Him. One bonus scripture to add is found in Isaiah 26:3: “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”