It is difficult these days to read the news and imagine peace of any sort. Over two thousand years ago, Jesus predicted this very thing. But he did more than that.
I told you these things so that you can have peace in me. In this world you will have trouble, but be brave! I have defeated the world.
John 16:33 (NCV)
Jesus not only warned of impending trials, he took care of the situation already.
As the Church, we often think that we have to fight back. While we do have to maintain the fight of faith, Jesus already won. Not just the battle, but the entire war. He didn’t say that he will defeat the world. He already has.
So rest in this truth – if you are in Christ and he is in you, you can have peace. Remember that God has already gone ahead and fought your battles for you.
There’s an old song we used to sing in church that went like this:
If I hold my peace
Let the Lord fight my battles
Victory, oh victory shall be mine
What an odd concept that is. Hold your peace and you will win the war. Your peace is Jesus. Hold on to him. He’s already won.
Daily Bible reading: 2 Chronicles 23-25; John 16:16-33