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.
There is the chorus to a song that we rarely sing anymore (I don’t know why that is—but I digress). Perhaps it is not peace and quietness that this generation wants. I mean, they are, as the Bible says, “running to and fro,” always in a hurry. People are worried about this, that and the other. And, don’t get me started on the way people act at the concerts that they pay lots of money to attend. It borders on madness—but I digress again.
In John 16:33, Jesus said,
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Someone might ask, “How can I have peace with all of the turmoil and chaos going on around me.” The only answer on can give is, “If you have the Prince of peace (Jesus) abiding in your heart and in control of your life.”
It’s Not About Living in a Perfect World
Does that mean that your heart will not be broken at times? No, an emphatic NO! Does that mean you will never find yourself in a storm of life that you feel will never end? Again, NO! Jesus said that in this world you will have tribulation. Yet, He also said, be of good cheer for I have overcome the world. The “peace” that Jesus gives is not controlled by our circumstances, but by the wonderful presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives; He is, after all, our Comforter and Counsellor. Jesus said in our text, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” How, He gave us His peace.”
Oh, that chorus that I mentioned: it goes, “Peace, peace, wonderful peace, coming down from the Father above. Sweep over my spirit, forever I pray; in fathomless billows of love.” Take time and shut out the bedlam and chaos of this world and may the peace of Christ Jesus rule your hearts and minds today. Amen.