Devotional: ‘In Me You May Have Peace’

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John 16:33 “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” CSB

It is natural for each of us to want every day to be a good day. It is natural to want health, harmony, and happiness. Life does have many good days; however, there are also some days that aren’t so good. Christians get sick. Christians struggle. Christians suffer. Only minutes before His arrest, Jesus told His disciples – “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”

What things had Jesus told His disciples? He had told them about the dark times that were ahead. He had told them about His crucifixion and going away. He had told them that there would times when they might feel abandoned by Him. He had told them about their own suffering. He had told them about the hard times in life. But He had also told them that He would always be with them. He had told them about how the Holy Spirit would live within each of them to comfort and to guide. He had told them that He be preparing a special place in heaven, just for them. He had told them that He would one day come again and take them from this difficult world. He had told them that He had a special plan for how He would use them to bring glory to the Father. He had told them that even though life might sometimes look bleak, there is always hope. He had told them that their suffering was only for a season and that in the end they would share with Him in His victory.

Jesus did not hide from them the fact that they would suffer. He warned them about the realities of life. But He also promised them peace in the midst of pain. “You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace.” The peace Christ promised them would not come because there would be no problems. The peace Christ promised them would come because they had confidence that He was in control.

Perhaps you are currently going through a difficult time in your life. Perhaps it seems as though all peace has been taken out of your life. I will not be so foolish as to tell you to forget your problems. But I will encourage you to not forget the promises of Christ and to daily draw your strength from Him. Jesus has told us that He will never leave us nor forsake us, and that His grace will always be sufficient for our every need.

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