Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, `Peace be with you’ (Luke 24:36).
Peace can be a scarce commodity in our demanding twenty-first-century world. After all, our culture is overflowing with an astounding array of distractions, interruptions, and temptations. How, then, can we find the peace we desire? By turning our days-and our lives-over to God.
Elisabeth Elliot wrote, “If my life is surrendered to God, all is well. Let me not grab it back, as though it were in peril in His hand, but would be safer in mine!”
Are you willing to entrust your life to God? Will you build your life on the firm foundation of God’s promises? If so you’ll experience the only peace that lasts: God’s peace.
(Taken from “Hugs” Devotional)
These wonderful words of wisdom really “hit home” with me when I read them. In this hectic life we live now days its so easy to forget who we are and where we are going or if we are going anywhere. We claim to have faith in God, and we do, but the troubles and responsibilities of life sometimes override our faith. Suddenly we begin worrying about this and that – wondering how we are going to do it all and what is going to happen when/if we fail. We start thinking about the “what ifs” and our faith, the rope which attaches us to Jesus, gets set aside. We let go of it and try to go it alone without even realizing we are doing it.
It’s kind of like being out in the middle of a lake with no life vest. The boat I am in capsizes. I begin frantically dog paddling trying to keep my nose above the water so I don’t drown. I finally become completely exhausted and can’t swim any further. When I stop swimming I realize that my feet are touching the sand which was beneath me all along.
In the same way, when this life gets difficult and I am too tired and weary to move forward – when my heart is breaking or I am worrying about the future, I need to remember that God is with me. He won’t let me drown. He is my life vest. He says, “Just trust me. I won’t let go of you. You will be fine.” Only in Him will I find lasting peace – “the peace which passes all understanding”. I never need to despair. I can let go of the worry and pain and know that He will keep me afloat.
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)