In the hour of your darkest distress, God will give you His most splendid and gracious gifts of peace. We do not always know how God gives us peace when peace is not humanly possible. However, if we remain faithful to Christ we know in every circumstance…no matter how troubling, the Spirit of God strengthens us. Deep in my heart, I know there’s no promise that any of us will free from trouble in this life. Thankfully, Jesus is waiting all that time for us to relinquish our feeble and ineffective attempts at finding peace. As we give up our grasping attempts at control, He will stepped in to the space between our heart and the lies, and wedge His truth there.
“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
I’ve learned that peace and courage manifested in our own strength will NOT stand testing. Our peace is determined by our circumstances. It’s determined by our ability to control the situation. With our peace, there’s always that little voice saying, but what if? Jesus’ peace, however, silences that doubting voice. That voice knows the response it will get. I’ll be his peace, Jesus replies for us. When we allow Jesus to control our peace we are better armed to face the “what ifs” of life. Instead of focusing on what we don’t know, we focus on what we do know. Above all, we know Jesus’ peace will be with us. The storms may come, the waters will rise, but we can have peace. This is a promise from One who has never lied.
Please take this wisdom and apply to your life. We may not know the future, but cling to the One who does; the One who is prepared to face what may come, and be confident that Jesus will not abandon us, He still works miracles, and will make sure that we’re cared for when we trust in Him. That’s what we know. We all still will have worries and concerns that pop up; it would be false to imply otherwise. Yet, we can’t let them dominate us. When we feel them starting to crowd their way in, we need to stop and pray: Jesus, I need Your peace. Mine’s not working again.