Brokenhearted, the disciples gathered in the Upper Room, afraid of the Jews. Jesus, their Friend and Teacher had been crucified. What would they do now?
“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!'” (John 20:19)
Peace is not the absence of war. The peace that God gives is not the peace that comes from the world (John 14:27). In a world-wide pandemic, following a fraudulent election, many in the United States who hoped the incumbent president would be allowed another term, are disappointed that another man will be our political leader. It doesn’t mean our peace or hope is gone, because our peace and hope are in God.
THINK ABOUT IT
We have this direction from the Bible: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7). We pray with thankful hearts and are not afraid to present our requests to God, knowing He will guard our hearts and minds in Jesus.
PRAY ABOUT IT
Thank you, Heavenly Father, for the peace you give, especially in these troubling times. We pray for our leaders, that their hearts would be moved to do the right things for the people. We pray for divine intervention in our government. In Jesus’ name, Amen.