The Discipline: Understanding and Peace

JOHN 16:25–33

Our friend Phyllis had an experience with the peace of the Lord that comes with the hope of heaven: “One time I was drawn into a discussion about heaven with my friend Stein. I shared my firm belief and even excited anticipation about going there. What was fun about the discussion was the fascinated response of my friend who wanted to know how I felt about dying.

“A few days later my attitude toward heaven was tested. I drove up to my home late at night. As I got out of the car, I heard footsteps across the street. I turned to look because the steps seemed to be running directly toward me. Just then a stranger put a gun in my chest and said, ‘Don’t make a sound or I’ll shoot.’

“I yelled.

“Instantly the thought ‘I shouldn’t have done that. I am going to die’ went through my head. At that moment, I was flooded with peace and anticipation of waking up in heaven. Then I heard from somewhere inside the words of Scripture: ‘to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.’

“Instead of shooting me, he flipped the gun over, hit me on the head and ran away with my wallet. Surprisingly, I experienced a sense of disappointment … I wasn’t with Jesus in heaven after all. Then my body began to tremble as I started to feel all that had happened in the past couple of seconds.

“Stein was one of the first people I saw after I received stitches in my head and had a day of recuperation. We talked again, with fresh insight, about the peace of God and the promise of heaven.”

DISCIPLINE

Consider what fears you have and how they affect you. Tell the Lord, and ask him to comfort you with strength and peace. Sit for a while in open expectation for what he will do.

Published by Intentional Faith

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One thought on “The Discipline: Understanding and Peace

  1. He keeps in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him.

    This reminds me of Philippians 4:6 that reads “Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation with prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God. And the peace that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

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