PEACE BE WITH YOU // MAY 3, 2022
A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
Thomas finally decided to make an appearance. One week later, the disciples were together in the house, but this time, Thomas joined them. It had been a week, but at least he showed up! And while the doors were still locked, Jesus came and stood among them, offering his peace. A week can feel like a long time, so why did Thomas delay? Was he worried? Was he fearful or just waiting to see what was going to happen next? No matter what has got us in our waiting season, God's peace is available to us.
How many of us are in a waiting season right now? Worried about how things are going to turn out? Wondering what the test result is going to produce? Unsure how the custody battle is going to work out? If the relationship will make it? If the court case will be favorable? Or if the job will still be there? Waiting can feel all too familiar, and it is good to remember that Jesus is working in and through our waiting. While it can seem like it's taking forever, delays are not denials. God's peace can replace our panic.
When you are broken, anxious, worried or fearful, God wants to hold you close. In your moments of your greatest fear, he is offering you his peace. He will do for you what he did for his disciples: give you peace, which in turn, can give you the confidence to move forward. Remember, Jesus went through the locked door to offer the disciples his peace, and he will do the same for you.