Have you ever really thought about what it means to experience true peace? Not just worldly peace but the kind that only He can give. In John 16:33 we witness Jesus’ last conversation with his disciples before they would betray him at his crucifixion and Jesus says to them, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (NLT) The same is true for you and I as His sons and daughters, if we choose to accept that perfect peace. I find myself having to be reminded of his peace daily because the world as we know it is turning more and more toward chaos instead of peace in every aspect of life.
Again in Mark 5 we are reminded of this peace when Jesus heals a demon possessed man. It occurred right after Jesus had calmed the stormed as he and the disciples traveled through an area they weren’t very familiar with. Upon reaching their destination, Jesus was approached by a man who was possessed by a demon. Jesus immediately called the demons out of the man and it was only in the moment when the man experienced the true peace that can only be found in Jesus Christ. (Mark 5:1-15)
Back in January of 2014, I had to undergo a posterior spinal fusion to correct my Scoliosis, which had progressed to 65 degrees at that point. It wasn’t until I was in the moment of realizing that I was in the midst of a situation where I couldn’t do anything except trust in Him to take care of me when I couldn’t care of myself where I was able to experience His peace like never before. Too often in life we are faced with situations where everything seems to be crumbling down around us and we can’t do anything but collapse under the immense weight of those circumstances and ultimately that tends to be what most individuals do who aren’t familiar with Jesus and the peace that only comes from Him alone. All God asks of as His followers is to “plant the seed” in those around us and the rest is God’s job. He doesn’t expect us to do anything we aren’t capable of doing just what He asks of us.
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