Word of Encouragement…
“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” (John 14:27).
While I was reflecting on the above scripture, the song, “It is well with my soul” came to my mind. Hence, I will share one verse with you.
“When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, It is well, It is well with my soul” (Horatio Spafford). Horatio Spafford wrote this song after his four daughters died in an accident at sea. Despite his great loss, he accepted the peace of Jesus, and was empowered to continue living.
Jesus has given us His gift of peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:6). It is internal, stable and not affected by external circumstances. On the other hand, the world offers us its peace that is temporary and dependent on external circumstances, for example, a house, luxury vacation, dream job, etc. The psalmist says, “…if your riches increase, do not set your heart on them” (Psalm 62:10). When we trust in wealth and there is financial loss, our peace is disrupted, and the end result could be unpleasant. Will you accept the peace of Jesus or that which the world offers?
Similar to Horatio, you will encounter trials, but when you embrace the peace of Jesus, you will be motivated to continue living, and accomplish your purpose. I encourage you to reflect on Jesus’s gift of peace, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and your divine purpose.
Have a blessed Thursday!