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We Live In Troubling Times

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.

We live in troubling times. North Korea is a nuclear threat. There is unrest – once again – with Russia. China is also a super power threat. Not to mention the unrest in Iran – Iraq – Afghanistan – Nigeria – Syria – Pakistan – Yemen and Somalia. World peace seems only a dream for the uninformed.

We live in troubling times. I personally know of several married couples that have given up or are on the verge of giving up. Some are recently married and some have been married for some time. Some of the couples have children – even young children. Even some of the married couples I know who might not be in trouble – have troubles. It seems like happily ever after is just a pipe dream in many cases. The peace that some seek in a lifetime commitment is not experienced by many.

We live in troubling times. We have recently lost – through illness – a number of friends and church members. Health issues have hit a number of people I know. I would imagine that peace during these trying times – battling medical issues – is not easy. I know some folks who are battling life and death right now! It is hard to find peace when your life is hanging in the balance.

We live in troubling times. Politically – we are probably at one of our low points in the USA. I’m not talking about who is in office or who was in office. Our political system is so focused on power and control and not on what is good for the American people. Our two main political parties are so partisan. They just can’t seem to get together. They have such different views on what is best for America – or best for them. It is hard to find peace in such times.

We live in troubling times. In our denomination – the United Methodist Church – the left and right – the liberals and the conservatives – are battling for their version of truth. At the core of the disagreement seems to be our view of Scripture and its authority. Some say it isn’t our view of the authority of the Scriptures but rather our interpretation of Scripture. Either way – it is hard to find peace when pastors – bishops – and members are so far apart in our view of truth.

We live in troubling times. I could go on – but by now you get the picture – we’re living in troubling times and there is not real answer – in the world. The only real answer for us – is a deep and abiding relationship with Jesus Christ. Our peace – in troubling circumstances – is found only in Jesus.

We live in troubling times. As Jesus was preparing for His death – His departure from His disciples – He shared these words that John recorded in his gospel account. 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.

Our peace – in these troubling times – is found in Jesus. Keeping our eyes on Jesus – even in the midst of troubling times – will bring us a measure of peace the world knows nothing about!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way!

November 21, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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