|Posted by Lorraine Serra on October 2, 2012 at 8:40 AM|
The Bible records quite a number of God’s thoughts and instruction about the power of our words. Our initial responses to circumstances can really set the stage for how well we walk through them.
My mom used to warn us, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all!” That is certainly a good defensive strategy against getting yourself into trouble with others. But, what do we speak to ourselves in times of trial and trouble? What is our first response to any kind of calamity?
What the Spirit teaches me through God’s word is, “If you don’t know what to say, follow Jesus’ example.”
In the upper room the disciples gathered together after the crucifixion, pretty much in shock and trembling. Their wonderful teacher had been arrested, murdered and buried.
It must have been such a whirlwind of events for them in which they were helpless to intervene. Imagine their despair and horror, to be one evening enjoying supper together, and the next morning aghast, watching their beloved Jesus tortured and killed.
In John chapter 20 we get the picture that this was a desperate situation, a calamity that had the disciples regrouping and really, hiding out, wondering if they would be next.
Do you ever feel that way? It seems sometimes that things can be tough enough and then something even more frightening hits you full force. Life has a way of threatening us all in our health, finances, community, relationships, every aspect of life at every turn.
We can find ourselves in desperate situations we had no part in creating!
John's gospel tells us that even though the doors were shut tight for fear of the Jews, suddenly Jesus appeared within their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” In Hebrew, it is the word “Shalom”.
It means many things, but one that I like is “relax”.
And another translation says, “It is well.” We could translate it as, “Relax, everything will be all right.”
So, clearly, our first thought in trials should not be an expression of panic! We must not let fear take charge.
Jesus said, “Peace be with you.” He then showed them the nail prints in His hands, and the wound in His side. In that moment, revealing to them the scars of the cross which He had endured and had overcome, the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, released grace and peace into their hearts.
The scripture says the disciples saw Jesus and were overjoyed! Hope had come. Truth had reigned. Jesus was alive and everything would be all right!
Grace and truth, according to John 1:17, have come through Jesus Christ. Having sacrificed himself for all people, Jesus released grace and truth into the lives of his disciples so they might conquer their fear.
Jesus brought Divine Peace and Wellness into the midst of their fear.
I know this is why our family was able to move through the past 6 months of unexpected calamity with grace and hope and peace.
Jesus has been guarding our hearts and minds for a long time, so when life happened, we knew how to respond, praise God.
Do you need reassurance today? Are you experiencing a calamity too great for you to handle on your own?
When we don’t know what to say, follow Jesus example,and with a heart full of His grace and truth, say “Shalom. It is well.”
Then, relax and trust His guiding hand.
Lord Jesus, You are Lord over our hearts. You are the Lover of our souls. Your Word is everlasting and Your reign is forever. Thank you that Your plan is perfect and Your grace is sufficient.
Draw us all closer to You in times of struggle, and put Your Word on our lips.....words of truth, of faith, and hope that we may abide in Your enduring peace at all times.
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