At the age 34, Alfred Nobel was granted a patent for dynamite and over the next 24 years, he became wealthy from the manufacture of explosives. He thought that armies would learn of the destructive power of dynamite and would abide by peace. In 1895, his will provided a huge fund for the promotion of peace. He knew that “good wishes alone would not ensure peace.
Jesus provides the peace that sustains anxious hearts and minds in a troubled world. In Christ, we experience peace. In Christ we experience quietness and contentment, regardless of what’s happening. This peace comes from confident trust in our faithful and loving heavenly father. May we enjoy His peace as we pray and trust Him for every need.
I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am. I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do happen, you will believe.John 14:27-29 (NLT)
I have told you these things so that you won’t abandon your faith. For you will be expelled from the synagogues, and the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God. This is because they have never known the Father or me. Yes, I’m telling you these things now, so that when they happen, you will remember my warning. I didn’t tell you earlier because I was going to be with you for a while longer.John 16:1-4 (NLT)