“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to 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
Our Savior is never far from us. While we cannot avoid life’s trials, we can take comfort in knowing Someone is there to Guide us through difficult times. As the notes on John 14:27 in the Life Application Study Bible (Tyndale House Publishers Inc and Zondervan, 2005) counsel: “Sin, fear, uncertainty, doubt and numerous other forces are at war within us. The peace of God moves into our hearts and lives to restrain these hostile forces and offer comfort in place of conflict. Jesus says He will give us that peace if we are willing to accept it from Him. If your life is full of stress, allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with Christ’s peace.”
May the Lord’s peace be with you today.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it was written: ‘For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Romans 8: 35-37
Believers have always faced hardships in one form or another: persecution, imprisonment, even death. Our hardships today may not be as severe as those in the early church, but they are enough to weigh heavily on us, nonetheless. We may be facing illness, family troubles, job loss. Take comfort in knowing God is here for us. Knowing His guiding hand is always there to comfort us gives us the strength to soldier on through trying times. If you feel weak in spirit this morning, do not fear, for God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” Hebrews 13:5. What more assurance do we need?
God bless you.
“Then will I purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve Him shoulder to shoulder.” Zephaniah 3:9
We will never know what was going through the mind of the Wisconsin shooter who murdered worshippers at a Sikh temple or what motivated him to take such devastating action. It is not always easy to co-exist with those we think are different and have customs or rituals we do not understand, but we should try, even if those people don’t make it easy for us through actual trespasses or merely perceived ones.
It is far easier to give up than to keep trying. But giving up, leads to hopelessness; hopelessness to despair. When we despair, we become desperate. Desperation can lead one to irrational and reckless behaviors, including causing harm to others and to ourselves. God does not want us to live in desperation. Draw closer to Him and His Word for guidance, strength and protection through life’s storms. Take comfort in the fact that one day those things that separate us as a people will be done away with and all will stand united in praise and worship of the Lord. As Christians, that is our goal – to live forever in the presence of the Lord and spend our days in praise. Not achieving worldly prosperity. Don’t let despair rob you of achieving your goal.
May the Lord be with you.