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Finding Peace

In a quiet synagogue, the people of Capernaum gathered to worship and reflect. But the hushed silence of the Sabbath was shattered when a man cried out with a loud voice. “Let us alone,” he demanded, “what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth?” (Luke 4:34).

The man was angry. He was troubled and on edge. Described as having “a spirit of an unclean devil” (Luke 4:33), he reproached Jesus, likely full of both rage and fear.

Other worshippers probably drew back. They may have tossed their own insults at the man, or tried to pretend he wasn’t there. But what would Jesus do? How would he respond?

What happened next amazed the crowd.

“Hold thy peace,” Jesus said simply. Speaking with authority, Jesus rebuked not the man, but the devil that distressed him. “Come out of him,” He commanded. And then the devil “came out of him, and hurt him not” (Luke 4:35). The very source of the disturbance disappeared—and the people marveled at the power of Jesus.

There are sins and setbacks, complications and consequences that bedevil all of us. We too can be angry and hurt. We can rail at God. We can question life’s fairness and ask, “Why me?”

Yet Jesus has power over all that afflicts humankind. Heartbreak will happen. Sorrow and suffering sometimes overwhelm us. But Jesus Christ does not turn away. With power and authority, He addresses personal anguish head on.

Like the man in Capernaum, you may feel overpowered by things you cannot control. But the Savior sees you and He understands. As you also cry out, “I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God” (Luke 4:34), Jesus in His power will quiet your fears. He will remove your distress. He will bring you peace.

“And it came to pass that I was three days and three nights in the most bitter pain and anguish of soul; and never, until I did cry out unto the Lord Jesus Christ for mercy, did I receive a remission of my sins. But behold, I did cry unto him and I did find peace to my soul.”

Alma 38:8

There are countless reasons why you might feel anxious and unhappy, angry or unwell. But there is one constant source where you can find peace: Jesus Christ. The Bible declares it. The Book of Mormon reaffirms it. Request your free copy of either book today