Disturbing news broke yesterday, with reports claiming that North Korea had successfully launched an intercontinental ballistic missile: a missile capable of reaching portions of the U.S. and other surrounding countries. A leader such as Kim Jong-un, widely known for his erratic behavior and cruelty, having the ability to launch devastating attacks on his enemies is an incredibly daunting and worrisome reality. Over the course of the next few days, all who pay attention to the news will be bombarded with comments and conjecture by military experts, political pundits, and our political leaders. Fortunately, this act by North Korea will be taken seriously and proper thought and care will be exercised by our leaders in our response. However, with so much talk from so many people, we who are passive bystanders (i.e. not directly involved in the military/political decision making) will be hard pressed not to have a certain level of anxiety about this situation. In the Gospel of John, the so-named disciple quotes a conversation Jesus had with the disciples. Jesus says, “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.” No matter what situation may befall us, we can always trust that Jesus is present, loves us, and will guide us through it. As any who have gone through tough times and come out the other side stronger can attest, Jesus does not give to us as the world gives. Instead of giving us what we ask for, He gives us challenging situations that make us better, more obedient servants. In those situations, Jesus has promised us that He will give us peace so that our hearts are not troubled and we are not afraid. If we believe that Jesus is our savior, then we must also believe his promises to us. Pray today for the peace that only Jesus can bestow and for a brave and faithful heart.
“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