Lent Devotions 2010: Monday 22 February

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27

PEACE THAT LASTS

We live in uncertain times. Recession, terrorism, family strife, broken relationships. The list goes on and on. These things trouble our hearts and each of us has worries about the future. We tend to believe that the world around us is getting worse. But has it been any different throughout history? All people, everywhere, have lived in uncertain times. That’s because we live in a sinful world and we don’t know what the future holds for us.

Or do we? Jesus spoke these words of comfort, written in John 14, to His disciples at a time when they were worried about the future. But Jesus knew what the eternal future held for them, just as He knows the glory that awaits us. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring in this life, but we can have “His peace” knowing that the troubles of this world will not follow us into the next. The free gift of Christ’s everlasting peace is waiting. What a comforting thought for our troubled hearts!

Lord, thank You for the gift of my faith. Help me daily to keep my focus on Your Word and to live my life according to Your Holy will. Amen.