I don’t like bad news. I am not sure who really does, but it seems like I have been getting a lot of bad news lately. No, not personally, things are going very well right now; I am talking about all of the bad news within our culture. It seems like we are making a lot of decisions as a nation and a people that are not pleasing to God.
Whether it is this particular court declaring that what God said was wrong, is now right; or a person who commits a seemingly random act of violence, it just seems that this world is going to heck in a hand basket. It can be discouraging and frustrating, wondering if what we believe or how we act will even make a difference.
While the bad news may come as a shock to us, it has never surprised Jesus. He said in John 16, telling his disciples of the devastating events that were soon to take place, “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.”
Anytime we try to get our peace from the world, we are going to be sadly disappointed. This world will never be able to deliver peace, and we should never expect it to. It is fallen and filled with fallen people just like you and me. If we want peace, we are going to have to find it in something or rather someone, not of this world.
Jesus said, “In me, you may have peace.” The good news is that peace is available; the bad news is that it is conditional. It’s conditional on your searching for it, in Him. So, the next time the headlines are bad news causing anxiety, worry or fear -just remind yourself, my peace is not from or in this world.
“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.”
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®)
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ESV Text Edition: 2007