John 14:15-31; 2 Chronicles 21:2-22:12; Psalm 79
We live in a troubled world. The Middle East is in a major conflict because of the threat of a murderous group inspired by their Muslim faith. The threat of Russia is looming over Eastern Europe. In the United States violence seems to have replaced conversation in many parts of the country. Yet as we read God’s word, we see the audacious offer of peace from Jesus. “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27) How can we have peace in such a troubled world? Isn’t peace a luxury we can’t afford as we deal with the issues ahead of us? We can have peace in the midst of any and all troubles because we are in a strong relationship with God. We stay true to God’s Word, we obey Jesus and the Holy Spirit empowers us to have peace. Peace is not a luxury for the Christian; it is a natural outgrowth of our developing relationship with God. It is not the peace of the world which only implies that there is no conflict. It is a peace that comes from harmony with God no matter what the situation surrounding us may be. As we keep our eyes and our hearts focused on our relationship with God; as we are obedient to the commands of Christ – especially to love one another – peace reigns in our hearts. We don’t look at outside situations and run to God; we look to God first and know that He can handle any situation. Peace is a precious commodity. True peace can only come about in a relationship with God.
Lord, how often do I take over and prevent You from giving me peace? I worry and I fret over situations that You have under control. Give me the strength not to depend on my own strength in difficult times. Let me learn to depend on You in any and every situation.