Friday, July 24, 2020

John 14:27 & Philippians 4:7 NIV 2011

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.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Peace was a greeting used by Jews in Jesus’ day and is used by Jews today. Shalom means peace in Hebrew. Jesus used the word twice to emphasize the peace that comes when lives are totally surrendered to Him. Peace is the gift Jesus gave His disciples when He departed. This gift Jesus offered the disciples is the same gift given to all who follow Him. The world longs for the peace that Jesus alone gives. Paul reiterated and expanded on Jesus’ words regarding hearts and minds resting in Him. God is the Peace in life’s storms.

I remember riding with my son-in-law as we followed the aid car transporting my husband more than four years ago. Too dazed to think, I began to pray for God’s peace to surround him during his ride to the hospital. I also prayed those who attended him would also experience God’s peace. When we were finally able to see him, he did look peaceful. God’s peace guided us through each decision we made. God is my peace during life’s storms.

How do we experience God’s peace during life’s storms?

Daily at peace with Him,

S

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