John 16:33 (NKJV) These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
Jesus shows us that the way to obtain peace is by resting in Him and His promises. He is fully transparent in allowing us to know (with certainty) that we will experience great trouble and suffering. Although, these assurances are certain, Jesus instructs us to journey through our suffering with joyfulness because we will have the victory – He has overcome the world!
Often times, in our daily lives, our peace is contingent upon our ability to control our circumstances. In fact, if you’re anything like me – you’re a “fixer.” So…when trouble comes and things fall apart – your mind automatically starts racing to put the puzzle back together. Truth is, you may even think you are pretty good at it. All the while, you’ve drained yourself. You may have taken days off of work, exceeded your data limit on your phone bill, cried yourself to sleep, and even emptied your bank account…all to say, “I’ve got it all under control (as you stick your chest out and wipe the sweat off of your forehead).” However, the problem is…you inserted yourself into a solution that God had already taken care of.
Now, it is true, we are all made in God’s image, but let us be reminded – there is only one God. We must be intentional about not trying to do God’s work. He’s got it all covered. He promised.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 reminds us, We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.
Affirmation: Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. Help me to continue to peacefully rest in Your promises.
- Think back to the last time you experienced tribulation or hard times – how did you respond?
- What types of emotions did you display?
Call to Action:
As you journey through your day, pay close attention to your emotions. Be intentional about allowing God’s promises (versus your circumstances) to govern your peace. When something happens that is outside of your plan, remind yourself, “God’s got it!”
Today, allow peace to be with you.
Written by: Minister Cherice Jackson