Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
The problem with “worldly peace” is that it exists at the whim of circumstances. As long as conditions are favorable around me, I’m at peace. But that kind of peace is extremely superficial and leaves lots of room for my heart to be troubled by fear. What if my “peaceful” circumstances change…the market tanks, war breaks out, I lose a job, or a relationship ends? Jesus is offering a whole new kind of peace—the kind that thrives in good times and not so good times, because it has nothing to do with circumstances. His peace is based on His presence, which He offers freely! No matter what conditions are around me, I can be at peace because He is with me and promises to lead, protect, guide, and provide no matter what! No Fear!
For Reflection: What circumstances in your life can most tempt you to fear? How would acknowledging God’s presence in those circumstances change your outlook and responses?
Lord, help me to see with spiritual eyes. Circumstances can appear to be the only thing that is real, but I know that’s not true. You are with me, and because of Your presence, I can be at peace no matter what I am walking through.