Charcoal clouds were gathering on the horizon.  The sky looked angry and the sound of thunder came rumbling through the trees that stood around our house.  I could smell the rain in the air as lightning streaked across the blackened skies. As I peered through the window of my little English house, sheets of rain began to pour down and the earth seemed to drink with relish.  I was amazed as I watched the ground absorb each drop of liquid.  I pondered at how the earth could possibly be thirsty because these English skies were relentless in showering down profuse amounts of water onto this little Island and I gazed in amazement at the seemingly thirsty earth gulping each droplet.  As the wind continued blowing sheets of rain across the earth I was thankful for the safety and security of my home sheltering me from the severity of the storm

The ominous weather seemed to mirror what was happening in my soul.  I was in the midst of a storm.  We all know what it is like to go through storms and none of us enjoy those experiences.  However, Jesus did promise to give us peace in the midst of the storms of life.   John 14: 27 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.”

1.     Peace is not dependent on your circumstances:  Jesus promised us this kind of peace for when our hearts are anxious and troubled.  In the midst of your storm and trial you can experience God’s peace.

2.     God’s peace is unlike any other peace:  The peace that Jesus gives is a deep inner quiet.  As the storm rages around you outside, you can remain calm and at peace on the inside.  From a worldly perspective it makes no sense, but when you are a Christ follower you experience that deep inner peace that comes from knowing God.

3.     Peace and fear cannot co-exist:  Peace cannot live alongside a troubled heart and so you must, “Cast your cares on the Lord.”   You have to be deliberate about seeking and living in that place of peace and rest.  When those anxious thoughts come and the storm wages around you… stop and remind yourself that God is in control. 

I trust that as you face this day you will experience His peace.  As the storm rages around you be assured that your God is with you whispering, “My peace I give you.”

I am and always will be,

Recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,

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