Thought for the Week - 5th JulyPastor Gareth Watkins
JOHN 14: 27
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.’
There is no peace to be found in the world around us, we are surrounded by devastation, unrest, sin and despair. Nothing on offer seems to bring us peace in our endless chasing of happiness by gain these days. What relief and rest it is amid all this to truly know the peace of Christ within. Speaking to His disciples, Christ promised to leave to them His peace. He knew He would soon face death at the hands of man and ascend to be with the Father. He knew the trouble that lay ahead for His followers, the attacks the enemy would make in bid for their lives, and the persecution they would endure. He knew they needed the peace of God imparted to them to keep them on the path to eternity. Christ came as one man, in one place, at one time. He brought the peace of God to those lives whom he came across. On His ascension the Holy Spirit was then enabled to come to minister to all believers, in all places, at all times. It is through His truth and out working in us, that we come to know the peace of God. It is a peace that nothing in the world can give. It is a peace that covers, settles, comforts, and holds us firm in the midst of life’s storms. The peace of God surpasses all understanding in our narrow worldly reasoning. When we are living in quiet unmovable peace, we then find a good morale for living which can be seen in us by others. It can be noticed by unbelievers and spark their curiosity. It is a mark of God at work in our lives. Christ knew the peace needed to carry on walking. He as man knew suffering, sorrow, temptation, and attack, yet His peace and integrity remained intact. It is this same peace that Christ leaves with us. What an inheritance this is for you and I! You may be in a seemingly dark place today, in turmoil, faced with adversity, affliction or illness, and Christ hasn’t promised to remove you from your plight, but He has promised to draw near and impart to you His peace and bring you through it. Don’t allow yourself to be unrooted or dragged from the path set before you. Don’t allow yourself to be robbed of the Divine peace that has already been gifted to you. Guard it, remain upright, and God will steady you as you walk.