Where to Find Peace

bible reading challenge day 86

Today as I watched the news for just a few moments and scanned some of my social media feeds, the contrast of the information bled against my earlier Bible reading of the day. Suicide bombing, judicial conflicts, and moral outrages splash confusion and opinions all over the media.

The world seeks peace and yet there is no peace.

missing peace

In John 15 &16, Jesus continues his teaching to the disciples regarding God’s purpose and plan for his life on earth. He projects his future and they are confused. But by the end of chapter 16, they have caught on. Jesus is returning to the Father- they get that. And when their minds begin to capture that Jesus is not going to be with them forever, he explains the time of His departure is getting closer. His desire is to forewarn them and comfort them. So he explains what will happen as his enemies plot to take him captive.

Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me.

Jesus felt comfort in the Father’s plan, though he knew the plan would require his suffering for us.

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.

The disciples were confused, but Jesus was preparing them for the future. Just as the disciples tried to sort through Jesus’ words, we search for peace today.

But where to find peace is illusive because of what we think we are searching for.

Peace is not a place that can be Googled or discovered by Siri.

Peace is in the person of Jesus Christ.

peace is

 In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.

Jesus explained to the disciples then and his words still stand true now-

trouble will come to us. But…

this is the glorious part of Easter week! Did you catch that last phrase?

Jesus overcame the world!

The miraculous resurrection of Jesus from the tomb is outlined in John 20, with Mary as the first witness to see Jesus living again.  At the appearance of Jesus in the middle of the disciples, his first words to them:

Peace be with you.

Perhaps you are searching for peace in all the wrong places.

Perhaps your search for a place needs to end…

And your search for The Person of Christ begins.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Rom. 15:13

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11 Comments

  1. Christina Beebe says:

    Thank-you Rachel! Your blog has been a huge blessing to me! I am also trying to get my relationship back on track with Lord and have been struggling and worrying about things I do not need to worry about! Thank-you for the blessings I recieve when I read your posts!

  2. Kim Osburn says:

    This may not be the place to say this, but for lack of a better place I will prayerfully continue. I was reading the Daily Bible Challenge, Exodus 37, I’m a day behind, my friends and family know this about me and they still love me. But, somehow the almond blossoms kept speaking to me through all the gold and acacia wood and I kept being drawn back to those almond blossoms. So, I Googled it and was blessed by a message from Messianic Rabbi Gennady Livshits . http://www.houseofdavidministry.org/teachings/teachings/52-the-almond-tree.html. He explains that the almond branches and blossoms signify God’s watchfulness and promise due to its early flowering, anyhow I found it to be intriguing and I hope that this may bring some Peace to those of you who read this. Love, Kim

  3. Rachel,
    I discovered your site just a few days ago, and it has truly been a blessing to me!! I have been struggling the past couple of years with getting my relationship with the Lord back on track! As we all know, it’s so important to have peace as a mother. I have two small children and haven’t felt like I have been the mother God create me to be! You and everyone who has been leaving inspiring comments have really lit that fire inside of me again! Thank you, and many blessings to you!

    Phil 1:3. I thank my god every time I remember you.

    Emily

    1. oh Girl! Motherhood is hard work! Just this morning I told my husband I’m failing as a mom. It’s easy to get caught up in the day to day and fail to look at the big picture. Sometimes I get caught up in the moment by moment! lol Especially with sibling rivalry. But the motherhood journey would be impossible for me without my heavenly Father. Thanks so much for your encouragement.

      1. This is where I am right now, and all over again learning how to potty train, clean house, do laundry, cook, love, discipline……after thinking I was going to be an empty nester. I have forgotten a lot, and need to learn it all over again, and also realizing that these two little boys are much different from my 23 yo and 18 yo when they were two and three yo. Speaks volumes that this is the big picture, and not just the day to day, but what is the long term goals I need to instill according to my Heavenly Father. Thank you, you did not know you would be blessing another by your answer to Emily. Enjoy your Resurrection Day!

  4. This is a great reminder that if we seek worldly peace we will be sorely disappointed. Peace can only come through the Father… Have a blessed Passover and Resurrection weekend 🙂

    1. amen! Left you a comment on your blog. Blessed to know your salvation story! Happy Easter to you!

  5. Amanda Blazer says:

    Thanks….I love you girl!

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