PEACE IN DIFFICULT TIMES

PEACE IN DIFFICULT TIMES

John 16:33  “I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world!”

Jesus had just told his friends that he had to leave them and return to the Father. He also told them that they were greatly loved by the Father but that they would encounter some very significant difficulties. No way does Jesus deny life’s difficulties or the fact that they often seem so front and center in our consciousness. His message though, isn’t to ignore, deny or run from our problems of whatever sort, but to shift our mental and spiritual focus from the problem to His care and presence – He who is our shalom, our deepest peace, available always to listen and give heart. And so, the problem’s power to oppress, repress, or depress us loses energy while we grow in the wisdom and hope that only the Prince of Peace can bring. It’s not a magic formula but an essential life pattern for negotiating life’s big and little rapids without capsizing.
Pastor Bill

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