As believers living in a world of seemingly constant turmoil, how should we feel and what should we do?
First, learn from history. Far, far worse things have happened and the Church of Jesus has continued to advance.
Second, do not get your interpretation of biblical prophesy from the daily news. People who do have ALWAYS been wrong. And if you could, what good would it do? It wouldn’t change a thing.
Third, pray for peace.
Last, and most importantly, take your cue from Jesus and His disciples.
After detailing the terrible things that were coming after He left, (Matt 24) Jesus said two very important things to His disciples.
—“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.” John 14:27
—“Matthew 28:18-20 NIV  … “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
OUR MISSION HAS NOT CHANGED:
Live in His peace and make disciples!!
This is a photo of our oldest daughter Lori. Her company, JustAnswer.com, has a large division in Ukraine and part of Lori's job is to manage a team of direct reports there. She has traveled to Ukraine and bonded deeply with these amazing people. JustAnswer has been paying and coordinating to move any of their employees out of the war zones in Kyiv and Lviv to safer areas or out of Ukraine entirely. But most have chosen to stay and fight. We are both heartbroken that they have to make this choice at all and yet we are in awe of their strength and bravery.
Our 5 year old granddaughter, Alli, standing in front of the Ukrainian flag she painted, and wearing a traditional Vyshyvanka Lori brought back from Lviv. Vyshyvanka is a symbol of independence, history and culture for the Ukrainian people.
Mark Drake is an internationally known author, teacher and leader. He focuses on equipping leaders around the world in New Covenant Grace.