Wednesday, January 15, 2014

When You Are Seeking Peace

There are a number of Bible verses that give comfort. I’d like to look at how Jesus comforted his disciples. In John 14 we get his exact words of comfort. Ponder these:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.”
Like us, his disciples whined and nagged even after hearing these marvelous words intended to calm and console them. Jesus had to prod them with words like 
“If you love me, you will obey what I command.” 
Oh, those are tough words; we are not an obedient bunch.

Later in chapter 14 he said:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.”
What can that possibly mean? How does Jesus give to us? How is it different from the way the world gives to us? You have to think spiritually to understand this. My physical body went into panic mode - escalating blood pressure, black spots before my eyes - when my husband had a heart attack, but my heart was unruffled. I had that peace that passes understanding.

Jesus said,
“Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

When you get into the habit of trusting Him it’s pretty wonderful not to be afraid and not to have a troubled heart.