03-25-07

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27 NKJV).

It must have seemed as if their world was unraveling.  If I could get comfortable living with anyone, it would be Jesus.  For three years they walked, ate, and learned daily from their Master.  And now Jesus was saying that He was going to leave them.  Jesus even said that they would all flee and deny Him.  Right into the middle of this turbulence, Jesus interjects this comforting promise of peace.

True lasting and satisfying peace comes from one place.  It comes from Jesus.  The world’s idea of peace is an absence of conflict.  Nations sign “peace” treaties when they are ready to stop fighting.  But God’s peace is different.  God’s peace isn’t limited to a lack of tension; God’s peace comes in the middle of the storm.  The peace that Jesus gives can come when you’re boss is giving you grief, when it seems your family is falling apart, or even if you’re sitting in jail.  Think of Paul and Silas singing songs at midnight from their jail cell in Philippi.  This is God’s peace, the eye of the storm, the calm in the middle of chaos.

How do I receive this peace?  It comes from trusting. Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me” (John 14:1 NKJV).  Is your confidence resting on Jesus?  Is He big enough to handle the storm in your life?  Put the problem into His hands, even if it’s only for a few minutes at a time.  Ask Him to handle the situation.  Trust Him to handle it.  And receive His peace.