Peace in the Midst of Life‘s Storms:
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).
The Bible is important because it is inspired by God, it is profitable, and it will make us wise unto salvation. At least once a year, I like to preach a message to my congregation on the benefits of reading the Bible, and challenge them to open up God’s Word for themselves. There is a real urgency in my heart to see Christians get into God’s Word and start reading it for themselves.
Even if there were no practical benefits to reading the Bible, I would challenge you to do it because it is our God-given duty. Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”(John 8:31-32). A disciple is someone who follows a teacher, and abides or lives in their teaching. How can we follow Jesus if we don’t know what He wants us to do? And how can we know what He wants us to do if we don’t read our Bibles? Therefore, as disciples of Jesus, we must abide in the Word.
Having said that, I want to share with you one more practical benefit to studying the Bible. Jesus said that as long as we’re living on Planet Earth, we’re going to have tribulation. We’re going to have trouble. Just because we’re Christians doesn’t mean we’re going to avoid all of the problems of the world. However, Jesus said that He gave us His Word so that, in Him, we would have peace. Consider the words of Jesus in this Scripture here:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’ Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall. And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.” (Matthew 7:21-29).
Jesus is saying here that there are two kinds of people in this world, and both of them are going to go through storms. There are those people who will listen to His teachings and build their lives upon the foundation of the Word of God, and those who won’t. Jesus said that those who live their lives by the Bible will experience the same storms as those who don’t, but with one major difference. If we will build our lives upon the solid foundation of God’s Word, when the storms come we can still stand strong, because we have built our life upon a rock. And we will have peace in the midst of life’s storms. Read your Bibles, and live in peace.
Pastor Chris Jordan