Knowledge is good but knowing who Jesus is and representing that with our behavior can be a head thing – something we do as a result of what we have learned. Even so, knowledge about Him won’t hold us together in the middle of trouble, disappointment, failure, grief, or times of extreme stress. Knowledge about the Lord is 18 inches away from peace.
The scripture above says that the peace of God is in Jesus Himself. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” What does this mean? This points to a personal relationship from personal experience. In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus is calling us into relationship with Him saying 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Instead of thinking about Him, relax and try to feel Jesus’ presence. In the midst of the storm, close your eyes, take some deep breaths, and ask the Lord to come near. When we have a spiritual encounter with Him, we can hear Him call us to travel 18 inches from our head to our heart. We will experience His love and compassion flood into in our heart. He is in us and we are in Him. We know we are not alone in our struggle. When we rest in Him, we can have peace because we know that no matter what happens next, the Lord will be with us to help carry the load.
Rev. Susan Smith is the pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church of Lincolnton and can be reached at 828-962-8196 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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