November 22: Peace Promises

Read John 14

When I stop and really listen to all that goes on, I can get overwhelmed with the possibilities. My peace feels threatened as my trust in God wavers.

A 22-year-old woman has a stroke and passes away. A fire burns down a home and all its belongings. A car accident leaves a friend’s husband in a coma.

Overwhelmed constantly lurks in the dark when what-if threatens the happy of what is.

But God’s always-companionship stays steady and strong. This side of heaven is hard. But it’s temporary. God’s Spirit is always with us — to strengthen us, to give us courage, to give us peace.

“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 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 14:26-27).

  • Colossians 2:9-10 says, “in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and (we) have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.” So — the fullness of Holy, Almighty, Creator God lives in those of us who call Him Lord. We can access His power and strength in any situation! Peace is ours because of Him.
  • Psalm 74:16 says, “The day is (God’s), and (His) also the night; You established the sun and moon.” It’s all in His hand. So we can sleep and truly rest on our pillows, because it’s all under His authority.
  • I Peter 3:10-11 says, “Whoever would love life and see good days must . . . seek peace and pursue it.” Because when we seek and pursue real and true peace (the kind that only He can give), we will be able to rest and consequently love life and see good days.

 

The command to “not let (our) hearts be troubled”, you might notice, comes only after Jesus gave us His promise. He goes with us. He walks us through.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]” (John 14:27, Amplified).

So when car accidents and sickness happen, He walks us through them with the very fullness of Himself and in His strength.

We can settle in and rest in Him, the Giver of Life. The Giver of Peace.

brw

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