John 16:32-33 “But a time is coming, and has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. 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.
Do you have peace? You may say that is a broad question…and I admit it is. What does peace have to do with you? Most definitions of the word peace…are derived from the state from the outside which defines what happens on the inside. For example, when someone is mean and unfriendly to you, you may feel uncomfortable or restless in their presence. Or when there are chaos around, you tend also to lose focus and a sense of harmony.
In the above scripture verses is hidden wisdom in the words of Jesus to his disciples. Yes…Jesus was about to go to the cross. It was going to be the climax of events that had unfolded 3 years earlier. But…it wasn’t going to be the climax the disciples were anticipating. It was about to be very ugly….in fact, very CHAOTIC and VIOLENT. Oh yes…their world was about to be turned upside down. And Jesus was preparing them for it. So…when He was talking to them about HAVING PEACE, they had no slighted clue what was ahead.
Today, Jesus is still speaking to you and me through the same words. Your world around you seem to be falling apart…but Jesus is saying…take heart! I have overcome the world. But there is more to it. Jesus has already prepared you and me…to understand that our inner peace ought not to be determined by the circumstances from without. Our peace is born out of our relationship with Him. No matter what you might face today or tomorrow…or some years down the road….Jesus is saying to you today, “HAVE PEACE IN ME.”
Do you have PEACE IN HIM? Jesus is still speaking;
John 12:27 Peace I leave you 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.
My friends…you may be living in the midst of difficult circumstance…and you are losing grip…but Jesus is calling you back to peace. Peace in Him…having full confidence that He has overcome the world…and that includes your SMALL WORLD!
BE AT PEACE IN HIM!