Read John 14:15-31

August 5


Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.—John 14:27

The above are strange words to read at such an hour as this.Yet I believe that Christ would have us enjoy peace in our hearts even though the outward conditions may be chaotic. Christ comes to bring quietness to the troubled soul. As oil upon the ocean’s waves will calm the turbulent sea, so the inner dwelling with Christ will be a soothing balm to the troubled heart. We are called to experience many things in this life, yet through them all there is the promise of Christ to be with us. How many go to bed each night with troubled hearts! How many face each morning’s light with disturbed minds! Hear the challenge of Christ to us. “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” How could Christ make such strong and positive statements? Simply because He would go with us through all of these experiences. He says,“Do not be afraid; I will be there to help and to guide.”

It may be in the valley, where countless dangers hide; It may be in the sunshine that I, in peace, abide, But this one thing I know—if it be dark or fair,

If Jesus is with me, I’ll go anywhere!


Let us begin this day with a prayer to Christ to be our guide.

O LORD, keep my heart in perfect quietness this day. Be Thou my guide; lead me as Thou wouldst have me go. My life I yield to Thee; whatever Thou wouldst have me do, whatever Thou wouldst have me be, I would do and become through Thee. Wilt Thou radiate the glow of Christ through my heart. Amen.


Immanuel Baptist Church, Elgin, Ill.

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