"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." ... John 14:27
Now there's an amazing verse for the week before the presidential election.
I sit at my computer and watch too many fearful, all-their-hope-in-one-candidate-basket Christians. Anytime Christians act and believe like the non-Christians we see in news stories, it saddens me, makes me sit a little closer beside Jesus so my heart won't be troubled or afraid in all the grasping-by-the-throat panic around me on Facebook, in the bad-mouthing tv commercials, in conversations with relatives and friends.
"Be still and know that I am God," Jesus tells me.
Oh, to be still. To pray. To speak with Him, to hear the calmness in His voice and come away, changed, with a slower heart rate, even. To make choices in wisdom, to do what we're called to do-- and then leave the results to God.
Jesus doesn't panic. All His hope for the future isn't based upon whether his favorite candidate wins.
"My peace I give to you," He says.
And when I drive down the street to the supermarket today, when I push my cart downs the aisles, I'll do so in peace. His peace, not the worldly kind which comes only when my candidate wins (and gets obliterated when he doesn't), but rather, Jesus' peace which remains no matter who's sitting behind a desk in a big white building in Washington D.C. (no president gave us supernatural, financial miracles nearly all of Tom's 20 unemployment months). Peace no matter how many huge winds may blow away dreams or how often the ground shakes, causing houses to crumble.
Peace. The kind no one can snatch away.
2 Corinthians 4:7-9
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?
For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.