But as He came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, He began to weep.
“How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace.
But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes.
Luke 19:41-42 NLT
Jesus really had emotions. Sometimes He wept and other times He danced with joy. And there were times when He truly grieved. In the Scripture passage above, Jesus wept because the city had refused Him. And not only Him but the peace that only He could bring them.
As a parent, I truly want the very best for these precious children that I have been blessed with. When I am no longer here, I hope that they have joy and peace and a faith that cannot be shaken. Those long nights on my knees, praying over each one of their hearts and the days that were spent investing in their eternal future will pay off because, no matter what, they will know about their Savior. I hope that they know that the things of this earth are so temporary and that only Jesus and a relationship with Him will give them eternal life. And while they wait on Him to return, that they will claim the peace that Jesus came to give them.
Isn’t that what Jesus wanted for us? Right before His crucifixion, Jesus promised something so valuable—peace.
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.
He didn’t leave us fame or fortune or tangible things…although He can provide those things. He left us something more beneficial. And if we are to be a Jesus follower and lead others to Him, we must have peace and joy to share with this struggling world.
What do you need from Him today? Is there an area of your life where you find yourself needing peace? I know that I have to be reminded daily that He doesn’t want me to worry about the cares of this world, so I write this verse so many places. Maybe you have been struggling with something that you have been asking God to take away. Don’t lose hope! God may not choose to take your thorn just yet; however, you will still receive His peace. And remember: regardless of the trial, Jesus will give you your inheritance…today, and everyday, He offers peace.
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Do you know Jesus? Do you need His peace today? If so, I ask that you pray this simple prayer with me….
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. I am struggling today with so much and I just want to be free. I believe that Jesus is Your Son and the Savior of the world. He died for me so that I can live forever with You. Help me to know more about You. Thank You for loving me. In Jesus’ name, amen.