I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Dear God, what did you tell them? You told them about your death and resurrection, and you did it to help them know that, no matter how bad things look, you’ve got this. Prophecy isn’t so we can know the future. It’s so that when the future unfolds we will be assured that you knew it was coming all along. So we can have peace in you.
There it is again—the word peace. I talked about that with you on Thursday. The line I use about you a lot is that you usually keep me on a need-to-know basis and I very rarely need to know. But there’s also the aspect of being able to look back on a period of time and see how your hand was moving. I can see you at work and even the benefits of some suffering. It’s these times that we need to set up monuments in our own lives like the Israelites did in the Old Testament so that we can remember your goodness the next time we face a trial.
Father, help me to be at peace. Help me to let go and love others beyond how they love me. Help me to simply keep myself pure and love everyone I can, for your glory’s sake.
In Jesus’ name I pray,