by Pastor Eric Roberts 6/16/16
“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 (NIV)
There is a lot to digest this week with the terrorist attack in Orlando and the murder attack on the vocalist Christina Grimmie (YouTube Voice Contestant). At times life can seem so chaotic and out of control and when we are in distress it can feel as though the world around us is crashing down and all will be lost.
It’s in moments of crisis that we need to be reminded of the words of Christ. In John 16:33, Jesus tells us of His desire for us to find peace, but notice He does not promise peace in this world. In fact He clearly reminds us that we will have trouble in this world. It’s important to know that our peace cannot come from our circumstance, title, position or stature but rather can only be found in Him. He says: “So that in me you may have peace.” True peace comes out of three things. 1. Our Hope in something that is bigger than ourselves. 2. Our Hope in something that is bigger than our circumstances. 3. Our resolve in to trust in something that cannot be taken away. Paul tells us in Romans 8:37-39 that nothing in all creation can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!
I heard an interesting statistic this last week. 85% of Kitsap County population holds to an Atheist/Agnostic view of God. That said, I have a number of friends in my community that hold to these views. Not long ago, a self-professing atheist came to see me. A close friend of his had just died of cancer. I wanted so badly to give him words of comfort and encouragement and found it very difficult to know what to say. My resolve went something like this: “It’s in moments like these that my world view (of God, life, eternity, etc…) gives me a sense of hope where yours leaves you with none.” My friend thought for a moment and looked at me and responded “You’re right!”
Listen, we have peace not because there are no troubles but because we have a hope in a God that gives us purpose and a secure future in Him. He has overcome the world. It is interesting to think that we are the uttermost ends of the earth that Jesus references in Acts 1:8. In looking at world history of the Gospel, we in the NW are the furthest point out from Jesus statement. That should excite us to contemplate that we live in the uttermost end of the world. When you walk out your door, you are entering a mission field of a generation that is looking for hope and answers. My prayer is that you will become that for someone this week. God Bless!
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