Archive for July 2009

What Peace?

July 31, 2009
As a follow up to yesterday’s post, I’m curious about the fact that the outer storm wasn’t calmed it until Jesus stepped into the disciples’ boat. So often I think, “If God would change my outer circumstances, then I would feel peace inside.” This story seems to suggest that if we were to begin to experience Jesus’ peace inside, then maybe our outer circumstances would begin to change.
When the Messiah came, he was supposed to bring peace to the world. Not long before his death, Jesus said to his followers, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not let them be afraid” (John 14:27). So Jesus first gives peace to his followers. It’s only then that they can become “peacemakers” in the world. This is a greater and deeper peace than anyone had previously imagined. It is Jesus’ own peace, a peace that he leaves with each of us, that he gives to each of us. Interesting. So what have I done with this peace that he’s entrusted to me?

WaterPeaceAs a follow up to yesterday’s post, I’m curious about the fact that the storm wasn’t calmed until Jesus stepped into the disciples’ boat. So often I think, “If only God would change my outer circumstances, then I would feel peace inside.” This story seems to suggest that if we were to begin to experience Jesus’ peace inside, then maybe our outer circumstances would begin to change.

When the Messiah came, he was supposed to bring peace to the world. Not long before his death, Jesus said to his followers, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not let them be afraid” (John 14:27). Jesus “leaves” the peace he has for the world with his disciples. It’s only as they accept and enter into this peace themselves that they can become “peacemakers” in the world. This is a greater and deeper peace than anyone had previously imagined. It is Jesus’ own peace, a peace that he leaves with each of us, that he gives to each of us. Interesting.

So what have I done with this peace that he’s given to me? Have I accepted it, or am I still waiting and hoping for a peace that the world can give?

Straining or Trusting?

July 30, 2009
OceanAs I was reading Mark’s account of Jesus walking on water, I was struck by the contrast between the disciples straining at the oars and Jesus’ seemingly effortless walking on water. I know who I’d like to have in my boat. How about you?
“Come to Me, all you that are weary and burdened….”
“To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).

OceanAs I was reading Mark’s account of Jesus walking on water this morning, I was struck by the contrast between the disciples straining at the oars and Jesus’ seemingly effortless trek across the lake. Is my default mode straining or trusting?

“Come to Me, all you that are weary and burdened….”

“To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).