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)
Monday, 5th Week in Lent
Lord, guide us in your gentle mercy, for left to ourselves we cannot do your will. Give us peace and calm our fears so that we may follow you and be a light to those around us. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
You’ve felt the feeling before: the rising anxiety, the increased stress, your heart rate quickens, your mind gets fuzzy, and you get that knot in the pit of your stomach as one more challenge presents itself. Some days it feels like you are standing on the tips of your toes trying to keep your nose above the water, and the water doesn’t quit. Other days you feel completely overwhelmed and you stare out the window, not looking at anything, but wondering how in the world will this turn around.
Can you relate? Perhaps you are having moments like this more frequently under “coronavirus time.” The number of infections continues to grow. We are seeing signs of strain in medical professions and hospitals. People that we know are getting sick. Many are out of work, not knowing when the faucet of income will be turned on again. What’s your current stress level?
Good news! God is with you in those moments. He is with you every moment; he is here in this moment…with you...right now.
Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you….Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” He is here and He gives you peace. Peace not like the world gives, but peace that only God gives. The kind of peace that surpasses all of our understanding, a peace that calms our anxious thoughts, that brings a sense of wholeness and release, that quiets the soul so that it becomes still in the presence of the Almighty God who is with you now.
The All-Powerful God is with you, and his hands are not empty. He has all might; every ability. He can do all things. He is the source of every good and has all resources, all the time, all the strength, all the “whatever you need” in this moment. Pray to Him in this moment. Trust in Him now. Wait for Him… “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7) That’s his promise to you. God’s got this!
At rest in Jesus,
Pastor Langdon Reinke
P.S. Want or need to talk? Give me a call or email me. I am with you! We also have volunteers who are ready to help meet needs.