enCourage Peace – Part 1

He has the power to deliver you out of the storm.

What makes you anxious? Maybe it’s the news on social media, or the economy. Maybe it’s rising global tensions and uncertainty about the future. Or a painful fracture in a close relationship.

Whatever it is, God already knows about it and offers you peace in the midst of it. He says, “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). This is both a promise and an invitation.

We live in Minnesota where there are lots of storms and even tornadoes at certain times of the year. In the “land of 10,000 lakes,” we know to stay off the water in a lightning storm. So we can appreciate what the disciples were going through on a lake one evening:

They got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading (John 6:16-21).

We can look at storms in life and feel anxious, or we can fix our eyes on Jesus. We can row for miles in our own strength against the winds of life, or we can yield to God’s good leadership. Jesus has the power to deliver you from anxiety today. Will you let him in your boat?

Let’s pray:

Dear Lord, thank you for giving me peace that surpasses understanding (Philippians 4:7). Help me bring my anxious thoughts to you and receive rest for my soul instead. I trust your good leadership of my life and release my cares and burdens to you now. In the face of life’s storms, I will trust in your power to guide and deliver. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.