“My peace I give to you” (John 14:27). Jesus spoke these amazing words just hours before His crucifixion. His peace isn’t dependent upon external circumstances, but rather, it transcends them. Sadly, many Christians live their whole lives without consistently experiencing this incomprehensible peace. Perhaps faith and submission are the most challenging issues. But only as we surrender control of our lives to Christ and trust in His plans for us will we discover tranquil rest for our souls. Although He gives His peace to every believer as a gift, our experience of it is related to our faith in the following truths:
God is in control of everything. Without this assurance, the world is a scary place. He loves us and will see us through every circumstance, no matter how difficult or painful it may be. To have Christ’s peace, we must surrender our lives to Him. When we hold onto our ways and plans, we’ll experience turmoil. We have a limited perspective and understanding of our circumstances and God’s purposes for allowing them. His goals for us are greater than our immediate comfort. The Lord promises to work all things out for our good. He is continually working to transform our character into Christ’s image. We must live in sync with God, walking in the Spirit and promptly confessing and repenting of sin. Scripture is our foundation for peace. It increases our trust in the Lord’s goodness, assures us that He keeps His promises, and reminds us of His sovereignty over every situation.