“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
That’s one of those verses that is completely full of power. When i read that, you know what i’m afraid of? Not a thing… that’s right.
I’ve been reading a book about martyrs for the sake of the gospel, and there was a section talking about a situation where a man was watching his family get murdered in front of his face. He talked about the agonizing pain of watching those he loved suffer and die, and how he was to the moment of denouncing God to save his family, when he saw Jesus with his own eyes.
He lost all focus on the pain and hardship at that moment. He said he truly experienced a peace, which in the present circumstances, passed all understanding. That it didn’t make sense to be at peace with any of it. But Jesus did that for him. Jesus met him in his time of trouble, and gave him strength he wouldn’t have had without looking upon Christ’s countenance.
We take that verse about the “peace which passes all understanding” and throw it around talking about how “stressed” out we are with school, and work, and family life, and church life, and the pressures of a christian. But i begin to realize more and more and more that I have absolutely no idea what it really means to need a peace that passes all understanding. But i’m thankful God does, and that he’s always willing to deliver. Im thankful that when it’s something small or when it’s something big, he still comforts the same.