John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this
worldyou will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
In the midst of storms, do we find peace?
2 Corinthians 1:3-5, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
Where does a person find the kind of peace that is not just the absence of trouble—the kind of peace that cannot be affected by trouble, danger, or sorrow? It is ironic that what is surely the most definitive discourse on peace in all of Scripture comes from the Lord Jesus on the night before He died in agony. He knew what He was facing, yet He still took time to comfort His disciples with the message of peace:
John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”
The peace Jesus is speaking of enables believers to remain calm in the most wildly fearful circumstances. It enables them to hush a cry, still a riot, rejoice in pain and trial, and sing in the middle of suffering. This peace is never by circumstances, but instead affects and even overrules them.
Midst of the Storm
It’s been a long and tiresome road, but God showed patience in the midst of my storm.
I use to carry heavy burdens, but God made me reform.
I prayed for mercy and fell on my knees.
I soon developed a better rapport in an effort to please.
I use to wander in total darkness and couldn’t see.
But God escorted me out of the darkness and gave me the key.
Despite my shortfalls, He waited patiently, showing me the way.
I learned to rely upon His mercies and blessings every day.
He’s my Savior and my friend.
He’s my hope in life, right to the end.
Excerpt From: Edward L. Wright. “Anthology of a Spiritual Mind.” iBooks.