I spent a lot of time in a hospital waiting room last Friday and as you might imagine, the reading material there nowadays is rather sparse. I managed to get a hold of a devotional book someone left in the hospital chapel that asked a question: Who is God to you? The author laid out a number of possible answers, such as God could be your friend that you go to when you need someone to talk to. He could be that good father that supplies your need. At that moment, I knew who I wanted God to be. I needed Him to be my peace.
It’s not a difficult stretch to recall the kind of peace God gives us. It’s not the kind of peace we get when circumstances all turn out well and good. That would be nice, right? But no, Jesus says in John 14:27 that the peace He gives us is not the kind that the world gives. His peace isn’t based on good circumstances. It is given to us and sticks around in spite of bad circumstances. Here is how Jesus says it in John 16:33: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have trouble. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
No matter what kind of chaos you may be walking into, God is the God of peace and His peace is yours for the asking.
What was the hardest thing you ever had to get used to?
Question: Which Old Testament book mentions “a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek?”
Answer: Psalms (Psalm 100:4)
Storytime:God’s Forgiveness is Instant