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.
Christmas is a difficult time for many people, especially after a year like we’ve had in 2020. The isolation seems to magnify feelings of despair due to loss of work, health or loved ones. Those separated from friends or family due to failure in life or relationships find every Christmas challenging. We see photos and movies of picture perfect people enjoying a beautiful life and feel left out. Anxiety and loneliness trap us into withdrawal.
I want to tell you God knows. He sees broken hearts and shattered dreams. He is aware of every emotion, and He is willing and able to come to our rescue. He says, “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).
Peace is the anecdote to fear, anxiety and despair. After Jesus’ crucifixion, the disciples gathered in the upper room, afraid of the Jews. Then the resurrected Savior appeared in their midst. “Peace be with you,” Jesus said (Luke 24:36). This is the peace we need in our hearts to overcome the darkness that shrouds our world. God’s peace passes understanding.
THINK ABOUT IT
Without God in our lives we experience fear and anxiety, feelings of emptiness even if we have great wealth and possessions. Don’t fall into the temptation to cling to worldly things. They are here today and gone tomorrow. Put your hope in God and find everlasting peace, a fulfilled life of purpose and God’s amazing love poured out to us as springs of living water.
PRAY ABOUT IT
Heavenly Father, thank you for Jesus. Thank you for the gift of peace, a peace we cannot comprehend. When our situations trouble us, remind us by your Spirit to look to you for comfort and peace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.