Suffering: Week 2 - Devotion 2
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” - John 14:27
There comes a time in everyone’s life when they will deal with suffering and troubles. Some have them as early childhood while others may be teens. There is no set age for when someone may first encounter them. But as we talked about in your Bible study, everyone will experience suffering at some point.
So how do we deal with it?
Think for a minute about the things you see on TV or in magazines. Think about the advice you’ve heard others give or receive. Think about what you may have heard another student or a teacher at school say. What are some ways we are told we can find peace when we are experiencing suffering? List those below:
Read John 14:27. The world gives us many suggestions on how to find peace. Some would say you find it by ignoring your problems. Others might tell you to return the suffering on another. Still, others would say you indulge in pleasures such as drinking alcohol, shopping, sex, or drugs. The problem with these solutions is that they are temporary, and some of them can lead to worse trouble.
Where does Jesus say we will find the true peace we are looking for? True and eternal peace is found in Christ and a relationship with Him. Though this peace doesn’t mean our suffering will go away, it means we will be able to withstand it here on earth. His peace also gives us hope for eternity. Though it’s not always easy, we must keep in mind, even when the struggles seem to overwhelm us, that Christ has redeemed us and we have a peace in Him that the world knows nothing about.