Enter the Giants

August 22, 2020

33 I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.

John 16:33

Written by Craig Wills from the Station Hill Campus

Enough already! As I write this devotion, I am keenly aware of the perilous times in which we currently live. A pandemic unlike anything we have experienced since 1918 engulfed the world and extinguished over 400,000 precious lives. It was joined by massive racially-driven riots and looting in more than 400 American cities. It is difficult to watch the free-flowing destruction captured daily on our television screens. We live in an unstable, irrational world daily descending deeper into chaos.

Yet, in the midst of all the confusion, the Savior’s call for believers to make disciples is as vibrant today as the day Jesus proclaimed the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). Like the ten spies who brought negative reports to Moses in Numbers 13, it would be easy to capitulate to “the giants” in our land today. The hatred and destruction surrounding us can easily produce fear and anxiety, until we remember that Jesus offers us peace in the midst of the hostility generated by the world.

In the verse preceding John 16:33, Jesus confirmed that He and the Twelve would soon face persecution. In fact, He revealed that they would flee in the face of trouble. This prediction came on the heels of their overconfident declaration of faith. Nevertheless, in verse 33, Jesus promised they could have peace in their suffering because He had overcome the world. They had a disciple-making commission to fulfill, and Jesus assured them they would not be alone.

Jesus imparts the same promise to us today. We are living in troubled times, and we may be tempted to focus on the “giants” before us. But we do not have to endure in despair. We can boldly claim His peace. Moreover, we should always remember that the lost world around us desperately needs the peace and hope Christ offers. If we sow the peace of Christ in our hearts throughout our suffering, we will reap opportunities to share the peace of the gospel message. Our world is convulsing in unrest and chaos, but as believers, we have the true, eternal solution for peace.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. In the midst of the turmoil in our world today, have you claimed the peace Jesus promises?
  2. Is your hope and trust fulfilled in God, or do you look to man for solutions to suffering?
  3. Are you praying for opportunities to share the gospel message during your daily interactions with the lost?

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