Daily Devotional for Tuesday October 03, 2017

Scripture:

John 16:33 (NASB) These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.

Observation:

What do you say? When you see tragedy, where can you turn? I have seen my share of tragedies. Things I wish I could forget forever, but sadly, that is not the case. Each of us at some time in our life will face situations that makes us cry, shout out to God, and try to find reasons and answers in how best to stop them. I have held a small child in my arms that had passed away, witnessed an elderly man take his last breath, pulled rubble off piles at Ground Zero, and I still come away thinking, “Why?” Today's verse gives us hope, not that things like this will never happen again, but a place to go to for peace. It states that in the world we will have tribulations, but we are to take courage in Christ for He has overcome the world. Knowing Him doesn't take the pain away or stop the tears for those we see hurting and dying, but we can take away that one day He shall reign on this earth again. Those tragedies and tribulations will happen no more... The key is whether we know Him or not. I pray that you find peace from the pain, peace from the tears, peace in the knowledge that Jesus Christ overcomes no matter what we face and will never leave us or abandon us. Take comfort in knowing Christ; He’s the only place to find peace amid the craziness of this world.  

Application:

Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.

Family Devotional: Read this chapter to your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them as you read. Talk about their answers and show them that one important aspect of this chapter is that we must continue to spend time with the Lord and keep our hearts focused on His plans and purposes. Pray for them.
 

TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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