Wednesday, 27 October 2021
Title: Do we have peace in our daily lives?
By Ted Hoo
John 14:27a – Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you.
This is particularly relevant in the times we live in. We have the Covid-19 pandemic, catastrophies of earthquakes and floods, the South China Sea tension with battleships that are vying for war. We live in dark times where death is everywhere and physical deprivation from economic and financial crises abound. We live in fear rather than in hope.
Have we come to the point of realising that we are not in control of the external circumstances that are thrusted on us and get anxious and stressed? Do we feel that we are not able to do anything except to mull over the issues in our being, which saps all our strength and energy in our daily lives? On the other hand, we could be in denial and live as if life goes on as usual but without any peace and joy. That is not what Jesus promises us when He says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”
Christians are the people of the Light and that should give us hope in the circumstances that we live in. Yet, are we living in that peace even in the midst of disasters and pestilences that are allowed by our sovereign God? Are we looking to ourselves to solve the problems in our lives and find no peace, joy or comfort? That peace and joy does not come from our own being but it’s in Jesus. Turning to Him and reflecting His peace is proof that we are right with God and have come out of darkness into His light. If we are not right with God, we will only turn to ourselves even though we are not the solution but the problem.
Allowing circumstances to hide the face of Jesus from us either causes us to become troubled or gives us a false sense of security. We should live in His presence daily, reading His word that reveals His will for us in our lives and looking to Him who is the author and finisher of our faith. Prayer is another avenue we can use both in encouraging one another and sharing one and another’s burden. It is in sharing our resources and loving those in physical deprivation and sharing with those who have lost hope that brings us joy. We are doing God’s work as we help in meeting their needs during this time.
Looking unto Jesus and receiving peace from Him is the solution to our problems. Are we living in submission and laying it all at the altar of Christ? Jesus took our sins away yet are we carrying them daily like a millstone? Do we only know in our minds that our sins are forgiven but have not experienced forgiveness of sins? If this is the case, the guilt of sins still hovers and we live daily in torment, not having experienced the peace of God that He promises. In Him is life, in Him is joy and in Him is peace. We become troubled because we have not been taking Him into account in our lives. We can come to Jesus and lay everything before Him when we are faced with difficulties, bereavement and listen to Him say, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”
Our heavenly Father, help us in our unbelief if we are troubled by the pandemic and the challenges in our lives today and focus our dependence on You as the source of our life, our joy and our peace. Your perfect love casts out all fears. Grant us Your daily presence that we may know Your rest and Your peace. Amen.
我们是否已经意识到，我们无法控制强加于我们身上的外部环境而感到焦虑不安？我们是否觉得除了反复思量我们自身存活的问题之外，我们什么也做不了，而这些问题耗尽了我们日常生活中所有的体力和精力？另一方面，我们可能拒绝接受现实，生活如往常一样，却毫无平安和喜乐。这并非当耶稣说 “我留下平安给你们，我将我的平安赐给你们。” 时所给我们的应许。