I have told you these things, so that in Me, you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (John 16:33 NIV)
Oh, to take to heart these Words, this Promise!
Often, however, God’s children don’t feel at all comfortable and peaceful. Whether caught up in the past, anxious about the future, or stuck in the present – there are times it feels next to impossible to flow in His peace.
Notice. “It feels impossible”, not “It is impossible”!
Truth is, God’s deep peace and His simple comfort enfold all of His children . . . and YOU are included in that ALL.
Take a look at God’s reproach to His children, Israel.
I, even I, am He who comforts you. Who are you that you fear mere mortals, human beings who are but grass,
that you forget the Lord your Maker, Who stretches out the heavens and who lays the foundations of the earth,
that you live in constant terror every day because of the wrath of the oppressor, who is bent on destruction?
(Isaiah 51:12,13 NIV)
Friend, can you accept the same as a personal tender reproach from our God today? Can you realize He’s calling you to trust Him, to relax in His comfort? These fears, worries and concerns - are nothing that He can’t handle and WILL handle for you. There’s no loophole of worry and angst for the child of God!
For sure, there are oppressors looming in this world. A friend shared with me, a few of her gnawing concerns about growing older. Perhaps from time to time, these fears have also gnawed at you: physical decline & demise, emotional instability, financial woes, living arrangements . . .
Look what Jesus says,
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? (Matthew 6:25-27 NIV)
One word about worry; DON’T!
If we’re being obedient children, there’s no way around that command.
John the Baptist’s response to his disciples when they questioned him about his particular ministry – really speaks to me.
A man can receive nothing at all unless it has been granted to him from Heaven (for there’s no other source than the sovereign will of God. (John 3:27 AMP)
There you have it. God has it all planned out.
In our secret worrisome imaginings about what we don’t know, He is deep fulfillment and perfect tranquility. Every single aspect and nuance of our past, present, and future – all taken care of.
He, yes He, is our Sovereign Source of Comfort and Peace!