August 12, Saturday

The AMI QT Devotionals for today and tomorrow are provided Jasmin Izumikawa. Jasmin, a member of the Church of Southland, is currently a high school teacher.

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS FOR TODAY

Peace in the Midst of Coldness of Life

John 16:32-3

Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. 33  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.”

The coldest and darkest night I experienced was on a mountain in Peru. My sister and I had nearly completed our three-day trek on foot and we stopped to rest for the evening. Each night, our team of hungry and weary travelers met in the communal tent and we listened for our trail leader to update us on the weather and such. We huddled together around a small lamp as he would encourage us, “Claro, claro, we will arrive in time to see the view at sunrise. It is very beautiful. Yes, there will be small train ride.”

He was right about the view—it was beautiful. Although I came to see the ancient ruins, I was more captivated by the sunrise. Light broke over the mountains, blanketing us with intense warmth and with it came these word of Jesus: “Take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

God’s peace arrives so much like this, doesn’t it? Our current circumstances may be at a steep incline met by chilling winds but we can fully rest knowing that our loving God is with us. Joy and peace of God is not found in our comfort but rather found most intensely in the midst of cold and most sweetly at the height of a mountain.

Be encouraged by these assuring words of our Lord: “I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you” (John 16:22). So, receive God’s joy and peace today and experience His enduring love for you. Take heart, when God requires you to wait out the storm and soon, “your grief will turn to joy” (John 16:20). A popular song in the 90s put it like this: “There is peace in the midst of the storm-tossed life. There is an Anchor, there is a rock to build my faith upon. Jesus Christ is my vessel so I fear no alarm He gives me peace in the midst of the storm.” How precious is that peace and joy that comes from the hand of our LORD!

Prayer: LORD, how marvelous is the lightness of joy and peace You bring. There is nothing more satisfying than this. You have overcome the world and you have won every battle. Thank you, LORD, for being with me.

Bible Reading for Today: John 21 and Haggai 1

 

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