25 May 2020
'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.' (John 14:27)
One of the greatest truths of Christian life is that we can know the peace of God, in our lives, because we have peace with God.
Believers need not live their lives without God's peace.
What are we worried about at this time of uncertainty?
Covid 19? How a situation is going to turn out? Our families? Other health issues? Job security? Marriage?
If we are worried about anything, here are some instructions for us found in Philippians 4:6-7
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
If we talk to the Lord about our problems, offering thanks along with our requests, he has promised to give us peace.
If you are unsure, think back over your life when things were bad and you turned to the Lord; did he give you peace?
He may not have answered your prayer in the way you hoped but generally the outcome ends up with us in a far better place.
I would like to share with you some words from Dr. Stanley Jones, a 20th-century American Methodist Christian missionary ...
'I am inwardly fashioned for faith, not for fear. Fear is not my native land; faith is.
I am so made that worry and anxiety are like sand in the machinery of life;
faith is the oil...
We do not know why it is that worriers die sooner than non-worriers, but that is a fact.
But I, who am simple of mind, think I know; - we are inwardly constructed for faith not fear.
God made us that way. To live by worry is to live against reality.'
I'm reminded of the chorus and final verse of that wonderful song, Turn your eyes upon Jesus.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace
His word shall not fail you, He promised
Believe Him and all will be well
Then go to a world that is dying
His perfect salvation to tell