Peace In a Troubled World

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Jesus embracing man
As the details of the bombings at the Boston Marathon yesterday unfold, like you, I am filled with so many emotions - grief, sadness, despair, anger, disbelief. Those are just the ones I can describe. Events like these leave us wondering how any human being could do such a thing to other human beings, especially children. Our faith is shaken in moments like these. Our faith in humanity is shaken and we are reminded that we simply can't put our trust in man. We are reminded that we can not put our trust in government because they can't protect us from everything. They failed to on this day. Days like this even test our faith in God. But be assured that He is not caught off guard when we ask tough questions during times like these. He is not shocked. In fact, He understands.

Jesus warned us that we would have days like this. He said that in this world we will have trouble. He didn't tell us this to scare us, but to assure us and bring us comfort. He doesn't offer us answers or give us reasons why. He just simply gives us peace. He is not telling us to not be afraid. He is not telling us to be strong. He's not telling us to not doubt or be troubled. In fact, He is telling us that He understands that we will feel that way. And then He gives us something that will enable us to make it through days like today. He gives us something powerful that even though we may be shaken to our core, even though we feel like giving up, we will be able to overcome whatever today or tomorrow may bring. He give us peace by reminding us that He overcame the world with all of its troubles, heartache, pain and disappointment, and that in just a short while He will come to meet us in the air and there will be no more sorrow and no more pain. No, it doesn't make the pain and the fear go away, but it does give us peace in a troubled world. It brings a peace that doesn't make sense. A peace that enables us to go another day.

I am reminded of one of the last things my Dad spoke to me before he passed away from his battle with cancer. He said that after preaching this from the pulpit his entire life he found that everything God said is true and it works. During his darkest hours, during his biggest disappointment, and as he faced death square in the face, he looked me in the eye and said with a confidence that I had never seen before, and assured me that no matter what happens, God will never disappoint you! That has helped me on days like today for I am reminded that on dark days like this God comes close to us and brings us a peace that no bomb or terrorist can destroy!
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