May 26 – Take Heart…
Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 17:38-18:30 / John 16:5-17:5 / Psalm 68:1-6
My thoughts are drawn today to Christ’s words, “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) In life we eventually discover that trouble is something that cannot be avoided… we don’t look for trouble, trouble finds us.
Jesus was preparing His disciples for the troubling days that would soon take place yet His message is applicable for us today. This world hasn’t changed, it is still filled with trouble. The world robs us of joy, strength and peace. Out of deep desperation, people look to find peace in a bottle, money, fame or relationships. In their searching, they look everywhere except to God.
I am so thankful we have a peace in the midst of our troubling world. It is a peace not dependent upon circumstances or our environment. Jesus is the One who not only gives peace; He has secured peace for us. He conquered the forces of trouble to bring hope, restoration and rest.
Think of it this way…as Christ overcame the power of satan, peace overcomes the power of trouble! Trouble isn’t something that is simply removed; it's power is eradicated and rendered harmless by the power of Christ. Like the 3 Hebrews who were thrown into the fiery furnace, they didn’t avoid it but were joined in the midst of it by Christ Himself. What trouble has the world thrown at you? Take Heart…
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!