Two things are striking me today about our upcoming services. Here are my thoughts…
If there is anything lacking in many of our hearts and minds these days it is peace. It is easy to be worried all the time. It’s very easy to be frustrated, in turmoil, sad, lonely, and discouraged. <—Didn’t that last sentence just get you down a little bit? Me too.
Here is the good news. Jesus has given us peace! Peace with God! It isn’t an artificial, doesn’t-really-work kind of peace. Listen to what he said in John 14:27.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
The peace that God gives doesn’t mean He has promised incredible, beautiful, easy circumstances. He hasn’t. He has just promised to guard our hearts and minds in the middle of those circumstances.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
One of those difficult circumstances that our country went through shows a lack of peace in the world. Today we remember what happened 10 years ago when Islamic terrorists attacked our country, when brave policeman, firefighters, and other first responders so bravely gave of themselves, and when our country was united (if but for a short time) around things like patriotism, the importance of prayer, and the need for God to give us peace.
As you take time to remember today, thank God that we can have peace in very difficult circumstances.