This world we live in! How are we supposed to get through day by day?
Fear of the virus, racism, anger, hate, polar divides in government, school shootings, church shootings, drug addiction – it’s so heart breaking to witness. It wrecks me inside to not be able to step into the middle of it all and hold up my hand and be heard as I declare that I know where to find peace!
Social media makes it worse, I think. Suddenly, we not only know everything that’s happening, we know everyone’s opinion about everything that’s happening, and that is as disparaging as the news itself.
Do you know who is speaking in this verse? Christ Jesus – Yeshua, Messiah, the Son of God. Chapter 14 of John begins with Christ saying, “Let not your heart be troubled.”
Let not your heart be troubled, my friends. The verse just before verse 27 says
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”
God sent us the Holy Spirit, and with Him dwelling in us, we can attain the peace that Christ promises. Have you accepted the peace that is promised to us by Christ?
Don’t get wrapped up in the divisions. Don’t let the despair of this world destroy your joy. In the times of tumultuous uncertainty, in a world where leaders of nations mock each other about the size of their nuclear buttons, we can cling to the peace that Jesus left us and know that He has a purpose for us, and He has gifted us in ways that are beautifully unique to each one of us.
Know that you are here, on a mission from God, gifted by Him to accomplish whatever He has set you to do. You are equipped and you are gifted and you are capable.
And through it all, Christ has left you peace.
Peace. A fruit of the Spirit. In 1 Corinthians, Paul promises that the peace given to you will surpass all understanding, and will guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.
Let not your hearts be troubled. This world is broken and screaming in agony. We can roll up our sleeves, step in and work, help, do, be Christ’s shining light on earth. But don’t let the darkness of the world destroy your peace.