Meditating on Peace: December 18

12_Devotions12By Becky Ahlberg

Friday, December 18

Read John 14:27. 

Jesus would be in a tomb less than 24 hours after he spoke these words. It’s a stark reminder that a steadfast mind is able to focus with an unwavering, unfaltering, resolute, committed, dedicated, unswerving resolve to be used of God for his purposes, and therein to find peace that the world does not, cannot give.

Do you equate peace only with tranquility, calm, serenity, and the absence of conflict? That may be why it eludes you today. Just “getting away from it all” may certainly be necessary in our lives. Jesus did that too. But we must be careful not to equate rest and rejuvenation with true peace. If we don’t have peace, the momentary relief from conflict is just that, momentary. The trouble will be right back.

The Prince of Peace longs to convince you that the peace you seek is found in active pursuit of purpose, not escape. It’s a peace that propels you toward purpose—even in the midst of the worst conflict and chaos. That is how we let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts and minds.

May you find (or renew) purpose today that will lead to peace.

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