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    Sunday, 19 November 2017

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional November 20, 2017 — Take a Number

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     OUR Daily Bread Devotional November 20, 2017

    Topic: Take a Number


      November 20, 2017 

    Read: John 14:15–27 | Bible in a Year: Ezekiel 14–15; James 2

    Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. John 14:27
    OUR Daily Bread Devotional November 20, 2017

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional November 20, 2017

    We have an ancient cherry tree in our backyard that had seen better days and looked like it was dying, so I called in an arborist. He checked it out and declared that it was “unduly stressed” and needed immediate attention. “Take a number,” my wife, Carolyn, muttered to the tree as she walked away. It had been one of those weeks.

    Indeed, we all have anxious weeks—filled with worries over the direction our culture is drifting or concerns for our children, our marriages, our businesses, our finances, our personal health and well-being. Nevertheless, Jesus has assured us that despite disturbing circumstances we can be at peace. He said, “My peace I give to you” (John 14:27).
    In the midst of troubles, peace can be found in Jesus.

    Jesus’s days were filled with distress and disorder: He was beleaguered by His enemies and misunderstood by His family and friends. He often had no place to lay His head. Yet there was no trace of anxiety or fretfulness in His manner. He possessed an inner calm, a quiet tranquility. This is the peace He has given us—freedom from anxiety concerning the past, present, and future. The peace He exhibited; His peace.

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional November 20, 2017

    In any circumstances, no matter how dire or trivial, we can turn to Jesus in prayer. There in His presence we can make our worries and fears known to Him. Then, Paul assures us, the peace of God will come to “guard [our] hearts and [our] minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7). Even if we’ve had “one of those weeks,” we can have His peace.

    Dear Lord, thank You that I can come to You with every care and Your peace will guard my mind.

    In the midst of troubles, peace can be found in Jesus.

    INSIGHT
    Are you struggling today? Thank God that you can take your cares to Him in prayer and ask Him to help you commit your situation to His care.

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional November 20, 2017

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