Peace I leave 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. John 14:27 (NIV)
Every year before school starts, my oldest daughter and I pick a word that represents an area of our lives that needs improvement. Last year for the 2015/16 school year our word was perspective. I had no idea how this word would change my life through the course of a year. Through some random circumstances, I developed some pain in a particular part of my body. While this pain was not incredibly serious or life-threatening, no matter what I did to try to get rid of the pain, it would not go away.
I allowed the pain to go on for several months before getting it checked out, and when I finally decided to try and figure out what was causing it, I was sent on a roller coaster of doctors’ offices, tests and medications to try and figure out what was causing my discomfort. As you can imagine the discomfort from the pain was worrisome enough, but when you take into account the number of tests and doctors I had to endure as a result, it was overwhelming.
For 10 months I waited, expecting the worst. Finally, I went through the last procedure which revealed that what I had been enduring for all those many months was a minor problem that had been complicated by the many months of worrying and speculating on the what-ifs.
So many times over the course of 10 months I had to remind myself that God is sovereign. I kept telling myself, “God’s got this.” I would repeat this daily in my head anytime any negative thoughts would enter, “Thy will be done.” In John 27:14 Jesus says to His disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” It is comforting to know that God has given each of us inner peace.
We don’t have to work for it, we just have to believe that it’s there and trust that God will take care of whatever cares and worries we have. Jesus also adds, “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Jesus knew that the disciples would face many trials and challenges, even death, but Jesus reminded them that they had the promise of the ultimate prize of eternity in heaven.
I had no idea what God had in store for me last year when I asked for perspective, butI will say that I have gained so much more through this experience and I am still working and learning to trust God in all my circumstances. This year when my daughter and I picked our word, would you believe me if I told you we chose the word fun? Have you asked God to help you feel His presence and peace today?
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Are you dealing with uncertainty or fear? Stop telling God how big your problem is and instead tell your problem how big your God is. Ask God for peace in times of uncertainty.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your sovereignty. You are in control of all things great and small. Allow us to trust You in all circumstances. Help me to feel Your presence and peace today and every day.
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