When my daughter was a small child, she had a very difficult time going to sleep. She didn’t feel well many evenings, so bad dreams, loud noises, or other activities in the house all seemed compounded. She often wanted me to stay with her until she fell asleep, but my being with her pretty much guaranteed she would want to stay awake even more! Like a myriad of parents before me, I discovered the little personal tricks that helped Ashleigh fall asleep (for her, it was a gentle circling of my palm on her back… Lighter and lighter until I could remove it without her noticing the change). But the underlying truth is universal:
A parent knows his child is okay when she doesn’t, and is the source of her feeling okay when she isn’t.
Just like my little girl wanting less noise, less silence, less light, less dark, to be closer and to be left alone in order to feel better in her circumstance; you and I will always be frustrated when our goal is peaceful circumstances.
The world is too turbulent, worldly relationships are too inconsistent, and resources in the world are too limited for any source of peace apart from Christ Himself.
Jesus put it this way…
“I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 ESV)
Today, consider the sources of your frustration – are you needing circumstantial change for you to feel okay? Instead, remember that your peace is in Jesus even while you have trouble in the world.
You have peace in Christ even as you walk this world full of trouble. Peace in Him, He in you, you in the world, and the world with trouble.
…but GREATER is He that is in you.
Maybe we will be less swept up in our circumstances as our hope is less in God granting peaceful circumstances, and more in the Christ-confident hope that He is our peace in any circumstance. Therein lies true rest, and the beginning of freedom.
And paramount to every dad is for his child to rest well.
Father – I always want to be free from the storm, but I entrust myself to you, reveal Jesus as my Peace, and help me embrace peace in the storms of my life this week.
Why do we find it so challenging to embrace Jesus AS our peace instead of wanting Him to simply change our circumstances to be more peaceful? Share your insights and questions in the comments!