The Power to Cope

Read: II Corinthians 6:3-10

 Jesus said…”Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” St. Matthew 6:34

Any honest appraisal of the years that lie immediately ahead is bound to include a large amount of worry and uncertainty. The entire human family seems to be in turmoil – economically, socially, politically, morally, and militarily. Indeed, many wonder if we are perhaps in that period of world history which Jesus described in St. Luke 21:25-26 when He said that the nations would be “in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.”

In midst of what might be termed “a cosmic anxiety” (an almost universal fear of the future) many are finding that the mounting pressures are just too much for them. Their inability to cope with life has resulted in the rise of religious cults of all descriptions, in the increase of alcoholism, drug addiction, family stresses, mental illness, and a host of other social problems.

How does a believer in Jesus cope with all the pressures of our trying times? There is no pat answer – no aspirin that will make all of the pressures of life go away. But there is an attitude (both a mindset and a heart set) which enables us to cope. Jesus encourages this attitude when he says, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” St. Matthew 6:33

Jesus dealt with the problems at hand by encouraging His followers to give God, who already knows their needs, the central place in their lives. They should fix their eyes on Him, and not on the storms which loom in the distance. Our Father in heaven is the Lord not only of our lives but also of the storms that threaten. In His almighty power He will cope. And in His love, revealed through His Son, Jesus Christ, He will see us through.

Prayer: Lord, in Your love, enable us to cope – no matter what. May we daily find strength in Your mercy and Your power, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

How has prayer helped you? How does your personal prayer time and communal prayer time in worship inform and feed you? Look for more stories of prayer in next week’s Monday Meditation.