Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | June 6, 2016

Grabbing Peace In The Midst of Suffering

june 6“I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace.  You will have suffering in this word.  Be courageous!  I have conquered the world.”  John 16:32b (ESV)

Stillness, calmness, quietness and rest those are the images we see when we think of peace.  So how does one grab a hold of peace when our surroundings dictate noise, chaos, drama, and stress?  It’s like our expectation of peace is so foreign to what we are currently experiencing. I think we’ve all been there – whether it’s in the midst of a cancer fight, battling our own tendencies, caring for family members, or digging out from underneath the aftermath of someone else’s actions….the list is endless. Moments when perceived peace seems so elusive from our reality in the moment.

Yet, I am reminded of Jesus’ words in the Upper Room. He was about to face betrayal, accusations, abandonment and ultimately death on the cross.  And that was just the appetizer.  The real battle was won when the grave was emptied. So what did He do… Jesus always operated in a mode of peace because He trusted the Father’s plan, He was confident of His Father’s presence and He was never without the Father’s love.

We all face our own struggles – some too hard to bear and tangibly overwhelming.  Yet Jesus reminds us in John 16 not to be surprised by abandonment, isolation, trials or suffering.  He whispers, “I am not alone because the Father is with Me.”  Soothing words we can wrap ourselves around –  the truth that God is always with us. We can trust His plan, His presence and be consumed by His love even in the midst of suffering.

I love Jesus very words about peace – “I’ve told you these things so that in Me you may have peace.”   Sweet friends if we are looking for peace from any other source we will be greatly disappointed – it isn’t there.  But Jesus says I’ve prepared you, I’ve told you the game plan will often be suffering – so be courageous – I’ve got this covered.”

“Sweet Jesus my heart rejoices because we are never without Your peace.  The world will offer us a cheap counterfeit based on circumstances but You remind us it’s not about what is happening but Who is standing with us in the battle.”

 

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

 

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