What the Voice Speaks
The Voice of Peace – Part 1
Scripture Reading: John 14:25-31
Key Verse: John 14:27
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.
My guess is that the most common voice most heard in our modern day is the voice of worry and stress. It seems everyone, rich or poor, is worried about some situation or feeling stressed out over life in general. The question is: How about Christ followers? Do they continue to hear this voice of worry and stress? Obviously they do. Unfortunately, too many Christ followers allow that negative voice to be the dominant voice in their daily life.
However, Christ followers have another voice trying to gain volume in their spiritual ears. It’s a voice of peace. In our printed key verse Jesus reminds us that when He went back to the Father, He would give us an ever-present peace. This peace is not like the peace the world gives, according to Jesus. What kind of peace does the world give? I call that “peace” circumstantial peace. The ungodly have peace as long as life is going their way—when they are having what they consider a “good” day. This peace is totally external and can be taken away from them in a moment of changing circumstances. A car cutting them off on the drive to work can rob them of peace. A phone call from the doctor can rob them of peace. A pink slip from the boss can rob them of peace. Yes, the world has a kind of peace, but it is fickle. We need God’s peace. (Continued)
Father, thank you for overcoming the world and providing us a peace that the world knows nothing about. I will live in your peace today! In Jesus’ name, amen.