Today’s Encouragement is John 16:33 NLT “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Have peace in me –
We all need peace! We seek it in numerous ways, some healthy and some very unhealthy. But still, we seek peace, a calm mind, freedom from worry and anxiety, freedom from fears of tomorrow, regrets, and the shame of yesterday…. This Peace, not only the absence of anxiety, but my friends, the fullness of God’s Peace! He gives a Peace beyond human comprehension! Philippians 4:7a NLT “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.”
Then He clarified (v33) that we WILL have troubles and pain and sorrow in this world. We, too often, ask ‘Why Lord?’ when we go through the sorrows and trials of this life. Yet my friend, although we do not know the “Why?” of our suffering… we can find peace in knowing that suffering comes to all people as Jesus states here… “You will have many trials and sorrows!” He did NOT say “Now some of you might have a few trials and maybe a few sorrows.” No, we will suffer trials and sorrows, all of us!
And yet He spoke these words immediately after offering us His Perfect Peace and before reassurance that He has overcome the world, including all our trials and sorrows!
Thank You Jesus for speaking so directly to our human needs as well as our spiritual needs. You know exactly what we need. You ARE exactly what we need! You ARE our peace!
Draw me close to You