Peace or Worry?
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. - Colossians 3:15
Doesn’t the world look pretty safe sometimes?
Peace accords are signed. Cold wars end. The wall comes down. Just when my fears began to calm, I ran across an article about nuclear weapons in Russia. Organized crime is trying to steal nuclear material in Russia and sell it on the black market. And while the FBI can’t confirm that material has been stolen, Interpol reported that highly enriched uranium disappeared near St. Petersburg.
When I learn about the threat of nuclear weapons falling into the wrong hands, it’s easy for me to feel anxious. But this is when I can turn to the truth from the Bible and learn from the words of Jesus.
In the Bible, the disciples of Jesus were anxious about their future. Jesus was telling them that he would soon die on a cross and be raised from the dead on the third day. They began to worry about their future. Then Jesus told them, “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 14:26).
It’s easy to worry about the future but it’s not what God wants for us. I challenge you today to rest in God’s peace.
“Peace is more the product of our day-to-day living than of a spectacular program, intermittently executed.”
-Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.