What does peace look like for you?
There was a children’s book that came out years ago about Mrs. Large, an elephant mom, who just wants “five minutes’ peace” from her energetic elephant children.
For Mrs. Large, “peace” meant escaping ALONE to a warm bath with a newspaper, a cup of tea, some cake, and no interruptions.
In the end, she only managed to eek out three minutes and 45 seconds of the “peace” she was seeking.
Everyone’s definition of “peace” is different. People look to getaways and vacations, reaching certain points financially, traveling less for a job, traveling more for a job, living closer to family, living farther from family…the list is endless!
The world is hungry for peace.
But spending money and time searching for peace is useless.
Because peace doesn’t come from anything we can buy, or find, or achieve on the outside. Peace is a product of the inside.
Peace in the Hebrew, or “shalom” means wholeness, completeness, harmony, prosperity, welfare, security, and tranquility. It’s nothing missing and nothing broken. It’s freedom from the distresses that are experienced as a result of sin. Peace covers all of that.
Jesus came to give us true peace.
In John 14:27, He tells the disciples that He’s leaving, but He’s leaving His peace with them.
“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.”
Can you imagine what the disciples were thinking?
He can’t leave! He calmed the storm when we were on the boat!
But He always knows how to calm our fears!
He helped us understand priorities and what life was about!
Every time we were afraid, He gave us courage!
He healed so many and raised them from the dead! We can’t be confident without Him around!
Do you remember when He told us how to pay our taxes? What are we going to do?
You and I would probably have reacted the same. After all, if you had one person to go to who had all of the answers for every situation you were in, who could calm your fears, and who could calm the storms in your life with just one word, how do you think you’d react if he said he was leaving you?
That’s why Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Because the disciples WERE troubled and afraid!
Jesus was their peace. They didn’t know how to function without Him, or at least they thought they didn’t. But Jesus was trying to tell them that it wasn’t about Him. He was the Prince of Peace, but He had peace because of what He had on the inside—the Holy Spirit. And, He was saying, “My peace (Holy Spirit) I give you.”
The Holy Spirit is the One who counseled Jesus. Jesus walked by the power of the Holy Spirit. Acts 10 tells us that Jesus was anointed by God. He was one with the Father and could hear His voice.
And, He was passing that on.
In John 14:26, He says,
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
God is the God of Peace because He’s the God of answers. He knows exactly how to handle every situation. The Bible calls Him a “Comforter.” To comfort doesn’t mean to pet, hug, and love on. What comforts you when you’re sick? *Healing. *What comforts you when you need money? Money. What comforts you when you need answers? Answers.
Now, I know life can be hard. It’s easy to lose sight of peace. That’s why the Bible tells us to fix our eyes on Jesus. The Holy Spirit will remind you of who you are, of your authority, that what the devil is trying to do shall not prosper, that your story isn’t finished yet, and that you’re going to end up winning in life.
When you believe Him, joy and peace will spring up in you.
The battle is already over. You DO have someone to go to who has every answer for every situation in your life, One who will calm your fears, calm the storms in your life with just one word, and who says He will never leave you or forsake you.
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