ABOUT

A Season for Peace

Craig Kraft / Monday, December 23, 2019

 

Recently, I was thinking about a popular country song, where the lyrics are full of questions for God. I realize a lot of people have this attitude towards God. They start their questions with an “If…” and end them with a “why?”

“If there really is a God, then why did this happen?”

Or, “Why does God allow…?”  

It seems to stem from our ego-centric world view in which we put ourselves in the center of the universe and feel deserving of answers to all our questions.

When things fall apart in our world and we are overcome by injustices, tribulations, and disasters, we are moved to doubt, fear, and anger. We want to know why God couldn’t stop that car from crashing, that cancer from spreading, or that investment from failing. It doesn’t leave us feeling very good.

Peace at Christmas

One of the major themes of Christmas is peace.

In Isaiah 9:6, it refers to Jesus as the Prince of Peace.

For to us a child is born,

to us a son is given,

and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

We also read, in Luke 2:14, about the angels who sang, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to all whom God favors."

But does December feel very peaceful?

This promise in scripture does not mean that life will be free from trouble, war or personal pain.

What it means is that Jesus came to the world to give a different kind of peace. He said, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27)

Jesus offers a peace that is founded in God’s love for us and his plan for our future.

Yes, we will face trials and tribulations in this life. There will be wars, disease, famine, and tragedy, but Jesus came to proclaim a peace that goes beyond all of these temporary things.

He offers us peace that aligns our hearts with his heart and our worldview with his worldview. A peace that enables us to face our trials triumphantly

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

Another Song

Another song comes to mind. This songwriter understood the peace that Jesus offers when he penned the words of a famous hymn. It was following the collapse of his business and the loss of his four daughters at sea that Horatio Spafford wrote the words to “It is Well with my Soul”.

It Is Well with my Soul

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Refrain
It is well, (it is well),
With my soul, (with my soul)
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

 

When Craig Kraft was very young, he wanted to be a policeman or a cowboy. Later in life, he dreamed of being a professional fisherman or the manager of a remote wilderness lodge. Now, Craig is the Executive Director of Outreach Canada! Craig loves to watch sports, work in the yard & spend time in the woods. Craig loves that OC is a team of passionate people who work together toward the goal of discipling people into the kingdom of God and he loves the opportunities he has to work with so many different people across Canada & the world. 

 


print


More ABOUT

Our Big Thing
I am often asked to describe what OC is or what we do. It can be hard to describe, like the engine of a car. Our team is made up of a lot of different parts that work together to accomplish one big thing.
Read more...
This is my Story: Fisherman to Fisher of Men
Meet Craig Kraft. The Executive Director of Outreach Canada. This is his story... Growing up as a pastor’s kid seemed like a special privilege to me. I became a follower of Jesus at a very young age, and literally ...
Read more...
Canada Day: A Story of Belonging
Our new COO, Rick Burdett, is a new Canadian! This is his story about belonging. On December 11, 2018, my wife Chris and I became citizens of Canada. Prior to that, for the past nine years, we were permanent reside...
Read more...
Introducing Outreach Canada
A brief introduction to Outreach Canada Ministries including our vision and strategy.
Read more...
We Believe
Read more...
Update from Asia: Gratitude
The Global Church Planting Network recently spent time in a country in Asia training leaders. Here is an update from some of our team members, sharing from their time in that country, and some things they are grateful f...
Read more...
5 People You Might Want to Thank
We all have so much to be grateful for, but sometimes we get stuck in a routine of being thankful for the same things over and over. I would like to encourage you today to share your gratitude with these five people. Yo...
Read more...
A Stone Named Ebenezer
I have this odd habit--I like to collect rocks. I find them fascinating—each one is unique and in its own way, interesting. I am as likely to come home from a holiday with a rock as I am with some other memento. I ...
Read more...
Giving Thanks: A Cure for Weariness?
Is there a cure for weariness in the Christian life? Christians know that they have every reason to be happy, to be joyful. Experience tells us, however, that the daily cares and pressures of everyday life have a w...
Read more...
Gratitude for God’s Supply
Leaving a well-paying job for one with lots of uncertainty is very challenging. Some years ago now after serving as a pastor I was challenged to leave a familiar ministry that was going well and take my family to a...
Read more...
Giving Thanks when Life Sucks
There are so many things that happen in our lives that just suck.  How can we give thanks when times are tough? Is it really God’s will that all these bad things happen in our lives? A simple understanding of how we can...
Read more...
The Hope of Christmas
I am so grateful for Christmas, for The Hope of Christmas. Not the sugar-coated, Hallmark movie kind of Christmas, where everything turns out okay in the end. Not the presents and candy canes and tinsel. Not even all th...
Read more...
What does Christmas Look Like?
I know the ideal Christmas looks different to each one of us. I wonder if God has an ideal image of Christmas that he wants to develop in our minds. For many, thoughts of Christmas involve family gatherings, f...
Read more...
A Season for Peace
We view Christmas as a season of peace, but does December really feel peaceful?  Jesus is referred to as the Prince of Peace. What does His peace look like in the midst of regular life, including the difficult time...
Read more...
New Beginnings
Photographs, memories of childhood road trips, and words from the prophet Jeremiah. Thoughts on how God's love & mercy give us a new beginning each time we pause & reflect on who he is, and what he has done. 
Read more...
My Experience of Christ's Power and Grace
A Story of a New Beginning. This is Murray Moerman's story of his life and his experience of Christ's power & grace. "I began to wonder about the purpose of life before I became aware of my need for God..."
Read more...
Future Hope: Things are not as they Seem
It seems fitting to spend some time, standing at the beginning of a New Year full of potential and unknowns, to spend time looking at the things we're already certain of in the future. We know more about the future...
Read more...
 

 

2 - 7201 72 Street Delta BC V4G 1M5