Full and complete peace when we need it most

“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

Author Leo Buscaglia tells the story about his mother and their “misery dinner.”  It was the night after his father came home and said it looked as if he would have to go into bankruptcy because his partner had absconded with their firm’s funds.  His mother went out and sold some jewelry to buy food for a sumptuous feast.  Other members of the family scolded her for it.  But she told them that “the time for joy is now, when we need it most, not next week.”  Her courageous act rallied the family.

In the above passage from John, Jesus had been telling His disciples many things, some of which were troubling.  They would be persecuted, He Himself would not be with them much longer, and the world would hate them.  But He had deeper, richer truths to impart to them that would lifts up their hearts in their most dire times.

Such is the nature of spiritual truths.  When we draw upon their power, they lift us up.  When the world believes we should wilt and fade away, we respond with greater vigor.  When the critics tell us to give up, we revive and move forward with sure, confident steps.  Why?  We have a sure foundation, the Word of God. And that word speaks peace to our souls.  Now how can we draw upon that provision of peace?

1. Ask God to take the cares and worries away, and give you strength to press on.
Soon the peace that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).

2. Call out to God in times to deep distress.  Pour out your heart to Him, and be willing to follow Him wherever He might lead.

3. Do not place your trust in man, or in the things of this world.
They will fail you and leave you in disappointment.  But when we place our trust in God, He first fills us with peace, and then leads us through the dark wilderness.

4. Praise God in the storms.
Just as the contemporary band Casting Crowns sings, we should “praise Him in the storms.”  We should, and when we do God honors that and comes alongside us.

5. Thank God for His peace.
We should never take such peace for granted.  It is an unsurpassable gift of God, given to His children in times of deepest need.  It is there for you, just like God is there for you.

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