Updated: Apr 9
John 14:27 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.
Life can be full of ups and downs, and all of the other circumstances that take us from one extreme to the next. Seems the older we get the more we value peace in the midst of storms, heartache, and life's unexpected turn of events. Life has a way of teaching us that tears are inevitable, hurt is certain, pain cannot be avoided, and valleys are experienced by everyone. Peace keeps us while moving closer towards our desired circumstances.
When I think about God having peace I think about Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden; in one scripture everything is perfect and in the next everything is in chaos. When I hear Christ say that he's giving me his peace I look at the peace that I have and weigh it. Is this His peace or my version of peace? Is this an outer calm with uncertainty still raging inwardly, or is this inward assurance from His promises?
So thinking about God keeping His cool when things fell apart in the garden with Adam and Eve makes me think. How would I respond seeing my vision or endeavors suddenly fall apart? What type of peace would I have?
Peace is an absolute necessity. You know what? God's desire is for you to have it. We all need it. Without it we all walk a little closer to hopelessness. I want to tell you something great, God did not come to give us just peace, he came to give us his peace. His peace keeps us from fainting in dire circumstances. His peace helps us trust in the most extreme storm, and the most gruesome valleys. His peace assures us that what we're seeing right now will be what he promised with time. Because I have his peace I don't panic, I don't allow my circumstances to control my emotions, and I maintain my character; all because I have his peace.
Today let's pray for his peace to invade our lives, and calm the fear and uncertainty within. Let's ask him to give us his peace so that our will hearts will not be troubled, so that our minds will not be tormented, and so that we avoid the inward pit of hopelessness. When we look outward to circumstances in our lives and even a nation that can instantly trouble us, let's not neglect to look inward to Christ in our hearts and allow His promises to give us peace that surpasses human knowledge. My prayer for us all is that peace will govern our hearts at all times, but especially in the times when faith is being challenged. Just as Jesus prayed for Peter, He makes intercession for us, and our faith will not fail us. Our God will not fail us. Even now we can say, it is well with my soul. AMEN! Shalom!