daily devotional

“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

Peace. It’s something we all crave in one way or another. Peace in a troubled relationship. Peace and quiet. Political or social peace. Inner peace. There are many different shapes and forms of this sometimes-illusive word…peace. What is peace, really? It’s one of those words that culture has overused – or misused – to the point that it has lost it’s meaning.

In John 16:33, Jesus says, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace.” The meaning of peace here as it relates to Christianity is: “The tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, whatever it may be.” Wow…now that’s what I call peace! A soul so assured of its salvation that it can rest in the goodness of Christ, completely trusting Him regardless of life’s circumstances.

Understanding the context of this verse deepens the beauty of it for our lives today. Jesus spoke these words to His disciples right after He explained to them that He was going to leave and return to heaven. He assured them of the Father’s love for them, even as He warned them of the difficult times that were ahead for them. The peace He promised wasn’t the absence of conflict or trouble. Instead, it was the steadfast love and presence of the Father throughout the coming conflict and trouble.

“Yes, there will be trouble,” Jesus assured. “But take heart! I have overcome the world.” These words are as true for us today as they were for those original 12 disciples 2,000 years ago. As followers of Jesus, we will face trouble, just like everyone else. But we can take heart instead of losing heart. We can have hope despite disappointment. We can rejoice in our suffering. Why? Because the One we worship has overcome the world! He has overcome anything and everything that could have separated us from the Father. Now, there is only grace.

Notice that Jesus did not say, “In Me you will have peace.” He said, “In Me you may have peace.” Christ has done everything necessary for us to have peace despite our circumstances; but it is our choice whether or not we will believe Him and walk in that truth.

Application: Are you living daily in the peace that only Christ can offer?


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

18Jan 2018

“Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!” Luke 12:24 Did you know that birds have a substance located just above their beaks called magnetite? It is a mineral the birds use to help them […]

17Jan 2018

“And Jesus answered him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 16:17 Recognizing Jesus for who He truly is, and understanding the depths of God’s truth revealed in His Word, both happen supernaturally. What I mean by that is neither […]

16Jan 2018

“How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?” John 5:44 What happens to our spiritual ability to know Christ if we chase the praise of man? “How can you believe when you receive glory from one another…?” Jesus asks in John […]

15Jan 2018

“But Jesus answered them, ‘You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.’” Matthew 22:29 Did you know that Jesus did not think the Pharisees could read their Bible? They were the most learned religious leaders of the Jewish people in those days, yet Jesus did not think they knew how […]

12Jan 2018

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2 Most of the decisions we make today are not explicitly addressed in the Bible. There are no biblical answers […]

11Jan 2018

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” Proverbs 14:12 There are few verses in the Bible that give me more reason to pause than Proverbs 14:12. I cringe when I hear people say, “I do what I feel like God wants me to do.” This […]