“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
This is a promise we can all take to the bank! It is an expensive commodity or virtue needed certainly in these times we are in- the COVID-19 pandemic. Glad to come your way again as we look at today’s subject on peace.
What is it? A friend (Gifty) defined this to me many years ago in our conversation and it has really stayed with me, so I will use her definition for today: “…calmness in the midst of adversity”. The peace most of us know is different from this definition. Most of us will have this picture of perfect rest and everything around us at ease. That is true, but in this fast and changing world we are in, that is becoming more of a mirage.
When we look at this Bible passage, Jesus talked about two fields: “in him” and “in the world“. He talks about what each of the fields generate. The former produces peace; the latter, trouble. We are currently in trouble now as I write, because we are trying to wrap our heads around this pandemic which has altered our lives in a major fashion. Some are looking for ways best to navigate through this uncharted waters we are in. The devastating effects are too tall to list like the global economic meltdown, for example, China’s economy has shrank for the first time in a quarter of a century. Countries known with the most resilient economies are really quaking in their boots now- the G10 (the world’s eleven most industrialized countries) currently have no answers.
The death toll has really been something to write home about- too much depression, sadness and heaviness I see around. The world is in trouble. That is the product of the world indeed- we will be solving crisis after crisis until we die. Do you think when this pandemic is over, that will be the end of all problems? I really don’t think so.
That is why our definition of peace as picture perfect and all at ease needs to change. Jesus didn’t just talk about this peace which is “calmness in the midst of adversity”. He also wants to give us this peace, so that when we watch, listen to and read this week’s news; we will still be calm regardless. If your peace is not attacked, you will be confident and have a different outlook. A confident outlook will keep us afloat.
“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 14:27 NIV
“This peace” is not hard to find, don’t search too far. Jesus wants to give you this peace. It is not what the world gives. How different are they?
Make a date with me next week on that!
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Till I come your way again…
Peace & Love