Peace… what a beautiful word! It brings to mind moments of calm and tranquility, serenity and beauty—and of course, peace and quiet! It is truly a beautiful word and even more beautiful feeling—yet one that can be elusive at times.
In Christ, we can have true peace, lasting peace, even in the middle of a fierce battle or storm raging around us, when our most natural reaction would be fear and chaos—we can be filled with indescribable peace deeper and greater than anything we can understand–Jesus Peace!
Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” (John 14:27). He has given me His peace!
What does it mean to have the peace of Jesus?
· It means that when the storm is raging, I can still be calm.
· When my world seems to be caving in, I can be strong.
· When nothing around me makes sense, I can rest in my knowledge of Him who is my rock and higher then me.
· No matter what—I can have peace!
The world does not give selflessly or freely. Nothing in this world is truly free without a hidden cost or expected return or favor. Jesus, though does not give as the world gives! He has given us peace that cannot be earned or bought and its not meant to be borrowed—it is meant to fill us and sustain us and carry us through every storm.
We can ignore His peace though. In the same verse, He warns us not to lose our peace. He says, “do not let your heart be troubled nor let it be fearful”—I have some control over how much peace I feel–the peace is there but I can miss it if I let myself be troubled!
How do I keep from being troubled or fearful? My focus must be on the peace-giver! Just as He grabbed Peter and kept him from sinking, His hand is outreached to me (and you) and He offers peace—real, lasting, powerful peace!
Grab His hand today and let Him hold you and guide you through whatever this day brings and never let go! Enjoy the peace He gives and He will carry you through the roughest, scariest waters!
Father, thank You for the peace You have given us through Your Son, Jesus! Fill me today with Your perfect peace and help me stand strong against the waves, the wind and whatever would try to steal it. Keep my focus on You as You lead and guide me today in the name of Jesus, amen!