I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
~ John 16: 33
Someone asked me the other day, "What is wrong with the world? Everyone seems to be angry about something."
God has already shared with each of us how there will be unrest and trouble, but yet peace will always be present.
It's about how we perceive and welcome it.
Every generation has something that is troubling to them. Even during the generation of Jesus, Rome occupied Israel. Among the disciples there was discension, Judas made a deal, and Jesus lost his life. Talk about chaos!
Just as certain there is anger and unrest, there is ALWAYS the possibility for peace. It's just up to us as the people of God to remind ourselves that as the instruments of the living Christ in the world that we are called to be bearers of peace.
You know, God doesn't mess around when it comes to us. Don't forget, God let the Hebrew people wander in the sand for 40 years before God said, cross over into the promised land.
God waited generations until a young girl would carry Christ.
We must look foolish at times, but how often does God look at us and feel embarrassed? We were each created in the image of God. Our actions towards one another makes that image difficult to see at times.
I don't know about you, but I'm ready for some respect, love, and PEACE in the world, and guess what, it's up to us!
I pray for all of us, as we all should be doing. This world will fade away. Just as history has done time and time again, while God just continues to offer us simply this... Peace.
Today's challenge, do one thing that brings harmony rather than division.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.