Dear Trinity Families,
Here is your Daily Devotion:
Jesus offers a rare and precious gift: peace—peace of mind, peace of soul—peace with God. That can be hard to find in this fractured and contentious world. It far more common to find anxiety, depression, pressure, and frustration.
Consider the contrasts in this part of Paul’s life. He’d been falsely imprisoned for two years and then left there for political favors. His chains contrast sharply with the pomp and the position of King Arippa, Bernice, and Governor Festus. But Paul is the one who has peace and freedom. Paul has salvation, forgiveness and grace. The high and mighty have none of it.
In fact, what Festus and company appear to have actually gets in the way of what Jesus offers. They could have peace with God through the Gospel of Christ. But, sadly, they reject his gift. They don’t understand. Festus thinks it’s insane. Agrippa thinks he’s above it. So, they purse to political power, privilege, beauty, and wealth instead. These are gifts of God, but they cannot give peace with God.
So, Paul, the only one in chains, is ironically the only one who is truly free. He is the only one at peace.
Thank God for the peace that surpasses all understanding. We will only find it in Jesus.
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