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Wednesday, July 26th, 2017
Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
- John 14:27 (NIV)
Throughout the Gospels Jesus tells his followers not to fear. Yet when I look at the notes I’ve written in the margins of my Bible, I find many concerns and worries. I pray about them, and in my anxiety I want God to answer right away. However, some of these concerns are ones I have prayed about for several years seemingly without any answers. Only later, when I look back, can I see God’s hand in these situations. God heard my pleas but the answers were often different, even better, than what I expected.
During times when I doubted that my prayers were being heard, God helped me to learn patience, understanding, and empathy for others. God gives us all time to grow and to become stronger. In the process we learn never to give up. Now when I am tempted to worry, I try to give my troubles to God completely and not expect quick and easy answers.
Worry robs us of joy and peace; but Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” If we truly trust God’s loving provision in our life, we can rely on God to respond to our call — in God’s time. All the while our hearts can rest in that knowledge and find God’s peace.
Phyllis Stone Church (Kentucky, USA)
Thought for the Day
God’s timing is always perfect.
Heavenly Father, calm our anxious hearts. Comfort us in our distress, and help us trust you more fully. Amen.
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