Whose voice has your attention? We may be surprised to learn that the last one we hear amid all the noise has been that of Christ Jesus. My desire is to change that today and set Him as the priority and focus.
Who told us that in Him we may have peace?
Who told us that in the world we will have trouble?
Who told us to take heart?
Who told us that He has overcome the world?
“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
What is keeping us from taking Him at His word? Don’t rush. Ponder that.
In the past few weeks I’ve sensed the tension that you can cut with a knife. Be it social media or a conversation on the street, there is spoken and unspoken unsettledness. Have you felt the chaos to some degree in your circle of influence?
No matter what the struggle is; politics, social issues, broken marriage, wayward child, injured friendship, tight finances, (sin touches everything); we are not promised times on this earth without heartache or challenges. These things are not a surprise to our God. These are actually to be expected in a fallen world. In the pressure cooker of circumstances, they can really be something God uses to point us back to our desperate need for Him.
Healing and peace is what we long for, and as long as we look to mankind for the solution, we will continue to come up disappointed and empty handed.
The source of hope, healing and peace is rooted in a right relationship with Jesus Christ. I’m not pointing to my neighbor here. I am speaking to myself. I am challenging you to own what can only be yours to own, a decision to trust Christ and take Him at His word. Take to heart His invitation.
This Christmas, I want to remind you about the most amazing, life changing gift you could ever receive. That gift is found in knowing Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” John 3:16-17
Resting in the Lordship of Christ Jesus will take you places in this life that no person or deed could ever accomplish.
May His free gift of salvation be yours today.
“Father, I am speechless when it comes to the magnitude of Your love for us, demonstrated on the Cross, by Your Son, while yet we were still broken and needy people. May we come to You humbly today and seek Your face, seek Your forgiveness and turn our hearts over to You. From this day forward, may Your sheep hear Your voice and not another will they follow. ~ Amen in Jesus.