June 18 Devotional

There was a song some years ago that I believe was called, “Peace in the Midst of the Storm.”  The idea of that song was the story of Jesus sleeping in the bottom of the ship while the disciples feared for their lives on the deck.  I read a verse today that is one of my favorite verses in the Bible.  Jesus clearly stated this: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).


I just love how Jesus worded this verse.  We can be sure that while we are serving God here on this earth we are going to face opposition, and have people that will not like us.  Don’t be surprised when the world hates you for taking a stand for God!  The world hated Jesus first!  By the way, if you are not going against the flow of this world in your life, you are not living for Jesus Christ.  There should be opposition to your testimony!  There ought to be people that are disturbed by your love for God!  That should be the normal behavior of we Christians … however, too many of us have fallen into the trap of trying to please God and this world at the same time.  We cannot do both – what pleases one, makes the other mad.  Choose which you will serve today.


Jesus clearly stated in this verse that when we remain in Him we will have peace.  If we move away from him, there will be winds of war.  He quickly added that it is sure that we will have tribulation (troubles) in this world.  My favorite part of this verse is that last phrase “… I have overcome the world.”  Simple, straightforward, and absolutely true!  Can you imagine just before a game where you are facing an opponent that seems too much to handle, that someone would come to you and tell you that they had the ability to look into the future, and they knew you were going to win this game?  What a joy to know that you are a winner even before you start to fight!


The key is to remain IN Jesus Christ!  There is no peace outside Jesus.  There is no promised victory if you face the battles of life on your own (just ask Jonah how he made our).  There will be troubles in your life as a Christian, but there is a promise of ultimate victory if we remain standing in Jesus Christ!  One of my former Pastors reminded me often, “Stay under the spout where the glory comes out” (Dr. Shelton Smith).  Today there will be battles … stay close to your Master … He is a winner!

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