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Peace In A Troubled World

John 16:33

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.

IMG_0301One of the blessings of having hearing loss in one ear is bedtime. If people are in the other room talking and I want to get to sleep – I simply place my good ear on the pillow and off to sleep I go. There is a peace and quiet – no matter what is going on around me. It might be why I could fall asleep anywhere as a child – with my parents and others talking up a storm in the same room. I would simply put my good ear down on the floor or a pillow and I could find my happy place – a quiet place to fall asleep.

My Facebook page has been filled this summer with the pictures and stories of folks I know that have found their quiet place – even for just a week at a time. Pictures of mountain sunsets – beach sunrises – quiet waters – peaceful golf courses – baby animals – mountain top views and more. People enjoying some relaxing time – some quiet time – away from their work and the hustle and bustle of their everyday lives. Where is your happy place? Where would you go to find peace and quiet?

Normally our home is very peaceful and quiet. Our children are grown and have homes of their own. At times – and we enjoy these times – when the children visit with their families – the quiet is broken. This is a good thing – because we love being with our children and their families. We have four grandchildren so far and we love having them visit and our children as well. Last night my little light went out before everyone else – and I relied on my good ear down plan to go back to bed and fall asleep – finding my quiet place. Apparently one of my grandchildren had a bad night and they were up till the wee hours of the morning – yet I didn’t hear a thing!

A quiet place is desired because the regular world is troubled and at times – noisy. So – along with finding your quiet place on vacation or even on a regular basis in your own backyard or on the deck or in your reading room – there is a quiet place that we can all find. Here is today’s passage in partial context. John 16:16–33 – 16 Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.” 17 At this, some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” 18 They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.” 19 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’? 20 Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. 21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. 23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. 25 “Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” 29 Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. 30 Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.” 31 “Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. 32 “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. 33 “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.”

Jesus ended this discourse with today’s passage – “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.”  No matter how tough life is – no matter how troubled (divorce – broken relationships – illness – life threatening surgery or disease – loss of job – making ends meet – issues with children or parents – etc.) – we can find a quiet peaceful place as we dig into our relationship with Jesus! He came to give us that peace. He came to help us in a troubled world.

John 14:27 – 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 15:18 – If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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August 13, 2015 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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