True Peace of Mind

True Peace of Mind

ETHEL’S EYE was caught by an advert in the paper. “I must buy that—it will solve all my problems!” “No, mother” exclaimed her longsuffering son, “it’s a funeral plan. It won’t stop you falling over or getting ill or worrying about the state of the world. Pass it here. Oh, you can’t buy it anyway, you’re too old.” It may be a comfort to know that your funeral expenses are paid in advance. However, this comfort is limited in its scope and only lasts for your lifetime. The ‘for ever’ is relatively short. In contrast the Bible talks of things, including life, which really can last for ever. God has always existed and always will exist. Jesus, now raised from the dead, cannot die and shares God’s divine nature (Romans 6:9). This all-powerful God offers us a peace beyond our natural experience: And the peace of God, which surpasses all

Meditate on These Things

Meditate on These Things

ON MY WAY to work I pass a pub called the Waterloo, and every day I have to look away in case I start humming the Eurovision song. When I get to work there’s a security pad on the door, and it happens that as you punch in the code the beeps play the first five notes of an oratorio of Handel’s Messiah. If I’m not careful I start whistling the tune, to the annoyance of myself and everyone else. Sometimes tunes get stuck in your head. They’re called ‘ear worms’. Experience shows that the best way to avoid succumbing to an ear worm, or to get rid of it once you’ve got one, is to get something else into your head instead. And here’s the spiritual principle. Jesus told a parable: When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding