During this season of Advent, we will be taking a break from our study in the Book of Mark and will instead offer daily devotionals for you to read aloud with your family, pertaining to this Advent season. We will resume our study of Mark in a few weeks.
Wait for Peace
"Let not your heart be troubled; . . ." John 14:1
Don't lose your peace! Like the twelve from time to time we need reassurance. Jesus looks beyond the trouble the disciples are about to enter and reassures them. Jesus is not telling trouble-free men to start worrying. Their hearts are already in a state of despair. They had left everything to follow Him and now He's leaving them. Their world is shattered, they are all disturbed. Jesus knows in a few short hours they will be more shaken up. So He tells them to be calm.
Jesus is urging them to keep their peace by continuing to believe in the Father and continue to believe in Him. Trust is the only way their hearts won't be troubled. Jesus had to take His own words to heart. He was about to be betrayed by one of His disciples, denied by another, abandoned by the rest of them and crucified by His enemies. This call to faith is no cliché.
Whenever difficulty is experienced, our gut reaction is to strike out at God and blame Him for our trouble. Blame is proof that we are refusing to let go of some defiance. As long as we tighten our grip, there will continue to be difficulty, doubt and confusion. As long as we stubbornly try to preempt God’s work to get our own way, there will be no peace.
If there is no peace in your life, wait for it. Our place, as His disciples, is to be in complete reliance on God. Though there are still problems and unrest all around you. By waiting on the peace of Christ to come, everything may not be perfect but everything will become clear as you focus on the One who gives peace in the midst of trouble.
Let not your heart be troubled is a command to obey Him, to stay unified with Him in spirit, to remain confident in His presence. The sign you are in a place of total reliance on Him is deep, abiding peace.
Are you trying to serve your worry and God’s way at the same time?