God Offers Peace In A Troubled World – September 12, 2016

John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

2 Timothy 1:7, For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

Yesterday at Cottonwood Creek, we reflected on the events that occurred 15 years ago and the 9/11 tragedy. I shared a message titled, “Remembering the Past, Trusting God with the Future!” People are naturally inclined to doubt God and stumble under the weight of severe tragedy. However, the good news of the Gospel shows that God does, and ultimately will, triumph over evil.

This week, I wanted to share five thoughts that will help you remember the past and trust God with your future. The first thought is that God offers peace in a troubled world. We don’t have to look very hard to realize we live in a world that is troubled. Evil seems to be all around us. Race relations are a mess, our political system is troubled, our world is seeing rising tensions between countries. Every day we hear of another tragedy, and there seems to be no earthly end in sight.

Read these words of Jesus found in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” Did you get that message? In this world there will be tribulation, but Jesus has overcome the world. So, our only source of peace in this world is Jesus. Look to Him and cling to Him.

Think about that and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D