Presence of Peace
“And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen Matthew 28:20
A child is frightened by a crashing thunderstorm in the middle of the night. With a parent’s presence and assurance, soon the child will be asleep again. Did the storm stop because the parent entered the child’s room? No. Assurance was gained not by what was taken away—the storm—but by what was added—the parent’s presence. Safety is not the absence of trouble; safety is the presence of Jesus.
During the year-and-a-half Paul spent in Corinth on his second missionary journey, he encountered stiff opposition from the Jews when he spoke in the synagogue. This was not unusual for Paul, but he decided he needed to move on to evangelize Gentiles (Acts 18:6). But Jesus appeared to Paul in a dream and said, “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; for I am with you” (verses 9-10). Jesus didn’t remove the opposition; He reminded Paul that He was with him in Corinth.
Are you facing trouble, storms, opposition, discouragement? Instead of praying for God to remove them, first pray for a deeper awareness of the peace that comes from His presence. He is with you!
Anxious care is out of place in a heavenly Father’s presence. Kenneth Wuest
What a friend we have in Jesus