Daily Devotional: Wednesday, August 24 - Have Peace

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” — Matthew 11:28

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When we are living with fear and wrestling with the future, uncertain of what will become of us or those around us, then all that can manifest is an anxious heart. The root of all fear is a desired need to be in control, and when we think about the future, mixed with anxiety, we will feel out of control. That is a scary place. So we panic and try with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength to stop our worlds from spiraling out of control.

This was no doubt happening to the disciples of Christ. I bet Peter was trying to figure out a way to stop his friend from being beaten to death. When we are so focused on the perceived problem, we struggle to see God. Jesus asks us to bring our worries to Him. Once we do that, peace manifests and uncertainty has no power over us.

How do we have peace in uncertain times? Jesus says that “in Me” you may have peace. What does that mean? When Jesus called the disciples, He said, “Follow Me.” So the disciples did just that, they followed Jesus. Where did Jesus take them? All over the place, and every place He went was an opportunity for the disciples to learn the ways of Jesus and how His Kingdom operates. Jesus’ Kingdom is radically different from how the kingdoms of this world function.

We need to know who Jesus is and how He goes about His business. If you don’t, I encourage you to read Matthew 5-7 every day for a month and see what you learn about the Kingdom of God.

— Brian Hommel, Arizona Diamondbacks chaplain

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