Pastor Tom’s Weekly Devotional based on Sunday’s sermon, “Fear Not?” John 14:23-29
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give as the world gives so do not let your hearts be troubled and do not let them be afraid.”
Fear can be the greatest motivator or the greatest adversary. Perhaps the greatest fear is the fear of the unknown, and in today’s world there is much unknown. We pray for peace in our time but it seems that with every day comes another step away from the world at peace. We fear for our loved ones, our communities, maybe our own health, finances, or just fear being alone. The peace that Jesus offers is not a human definition of peace as much as the security of knowing that in the midst of uncertain times, the Creator of the Universe is offering us the grace, wisdom, and the power to overcome our fears. The really, really Good News is that we need not fear the unknown; our hearts do not have to be troubled by the realities of our human condition. The peace that Jesus offered to his disciples, and especially to us today, is the promise that we will never be alone and that our fears do not have to imprison us. There is hope. There is power. We have been blessed and empowered to witness a peace that surpasses all understanding. “Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” God is good, all the time.