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Peace and Hope Not of This World

There are many reasons not to have peace and hope in today’s world and culture.  The loss of freedoms, economic hardship, along with hopelessness and suicide, have been exacerbated by the seemingly endless government control brought on by COVID. Even the vaccines are posing health risks. Perhaps some are asking, is there anything to look forward to? Is this all there is to life? Is there light at the end of this “perpetual tunnel?”
It is comforting to know that there is peace and hope not contingent upon world conditions or how the virus is progressing. John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you…Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” These are the words of Jesus. This thought continues in John 16:33: “…in the world you will have tribulation, but take courage, I have overcome the world.” Christian medical doctor, Chauncey Crandall, states that God’s “peace and mercy endure beyond every sorrow in this life.”
The peace and hope for Christians, however, extends to the next life. In John 14:2-3 Jesus says, “…I go to prepare a place for you…I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” Heaven is real. There is coming a time when every believer in the Lord will, by rapture or death, be in the presence of our loving God, with glorified bodies free of pain, struggles, and disease. The weariness of this present time will change in to the wonder of God. Let this become our new focus. For Christians, this life is not the end. What we are experiencing is not all there is to life. We have much to look forward to! May we rejoice that there is a peace and hope not of this world.
Here are two questions: On what are you relying for peace and hope? Have you come to know the Jesus who can give you that peace and hope that transcends this present world and outlives this earthly life?

About John Clark

John Livingston Clark is 74 years of age and lives in central Washington State. He has written two published books, and two published poems. His initial book is called, " God's Healing Hope: Breaking the Strongholds of Wrong Thinking." His second book, released in December of 2016, is a motivational book written to seniors titled, " Seniors: Are You Retiring or Recharging?" Both books are available on amazon. You can also view his writings on www.faithwriters.com. His “Poem For Senior Citizens” is in the 5th spot on FW.

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  1. Very important article that directs our minds to focus on what God is preparing for our future. This life here is full of sorrows, trials, and troubles but the Prince of Peace is the only One who can give us this gift of peace, hope and joy that we can not receive any other way no matter the outward situations happening around us.
    There indeed is a wonderful eternity awaiting for the redeemed. We have to keep our minds stayed upon Him and staying in fellowship with our Savior and Lord.

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