This past week, the President of the United States and the ruler of North Korea met in what is hailed as an historic summit. Time will tell if indeed that is the case, or if it was productive at all. It’s important for world leaders to meet like this, for dialogue is what leads to peace, and hopefully that will be the result of this past week’s meeting. Whenever these kinds of things happen, I watch as people analyze, study, critique, praise, condemn and worry about what comes next.
However, I’m not convinced it matters all that much (gasp!).
This past week, the Wednesday Bible Study looked at John 14 and 15. In John 14:27, Jesus says these words to his disciples,
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
The world we live in is a tumultuous place, and it is very easy to be very worried about what is happening in the world. It’s great when world leaders work out peace agreements, but no human agreement between nations can hold a candle to the peace Christ gives us.
In Christ, our sins are forgiven, and that which separated us from God is now gone. We are in a relationship with the God of the universe. And as we eagerly await the promise of eternal life, our hopes (should) center on things above. We have peace with God! Temporary peace between nations of this world can’t even come close to that peace! When you are tempted to worry about this nation or that leader, remember all that Christ has done for you, and focus on the promises of eternal life we
have in Him. I am reminded of Psalm 46:1-3:
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. -Selah