Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be trouble, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27
You ever had one of those days that starts off pretty well but by lunch you’ve already cussed three times and are ready to murder the next person that brings you bad news? Yeah, that was my day today. Well, not the cussing part, although I was on the verge of it several times. Everything that could have went wrong, went wrong! Things that should have taken a fraction of time to complete took hours and hours to finish…and I’m doing the work of the Kingdom, for the love of God. Could I get a little grace here?
Why can’t things be smooth sailing more often? Why do we seem to have so many moments of insanity, moments where we lose our peace? To be quite honest, my peace is probably where ever my mind went today…gone, just gone! How can a day, a week, even years go so wrong when they start off so right? I start everyday with God, sitting still in His Presence, drinking coffee and enjoying our talks…and then bam, all hell breaks loose by lunch.
Jesus gave us a clue in scripture about peace when He said, “My peace I leave you, my peace I give to you.” Doesn’t that sound kind of like the same thing? It’s not really the same. He left us His peace but we can choose to leave it. It takes extreme faith and discipline not to freak out over the many things that can go wrong in our lives. And not just the piddly ones that went wrong for me today…big things like finding out you have cancer, losing your job, or worse, losing someone you love. That’s why He also said that He’d give us His peace, so that when we “lose it”, He’ll be there to give it back to us.
The Greek definition for the word peace in this passage is the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot. Wow. Listen, peace begins, ends and comes from Jesus. We can’t make ourselves have peace. We can’t “suck it up” and ignore our first initial responses of shock and grief when bad things happen…but we can pray for God to give us His peace. Every time that I have ever asked God for it, He’s given it. Every. Single. Time. Even in the darkest times of my life, I have always had His peace. And so now, at the onset of bad news, I take a deep breath and say that I trust God (well, more often than not). The “freak out moments” come less and less frequent as I grow in my walk with God. As I understand Him and get to know Him more, I’m much more at peace. I can relax knowing He’s really got this…whatever this may be for the day.
His peace is a promise for all believers. Philippians 4:6-8 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplications , with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” I want you to see that there is NEVER a time where you have to live without His peace. It’s always available when you ask. So are you ready to let go of your anxiety, fear, doubt, and insecurity? Are you ready to walk in His Presence and for your soul to be flooded with His peace and security?
YOUR KOFFEE WITH THE KING: God wants to pour out His peace upon you today. Begin today’s prayer by offering up thanksgiving to Him for His goodness, then ask Him to give you His peace. Keep your mind open to the things He will tell you about your situation. He has the incredible ability to give you new insight and understanding about your circumstances. Take a deep breath in and just breathe in His peace. Let it wash over you like warm oil. It has the power to guard your heart and your mind when you start to feel anxious again. Write down all that He says in this time. You’ll need to refer back to it until this anxiety loses its grip on you. BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING! Trust God! Ready, Set, Breathe!
FURTHER STUDY: Study these scriptures on peace over the next week. They would be PERFECT to memorize to combat doubt and anxiety. Strengthen your spirit with His words.
Day 2: Read Philippians 4:6-7
Day 3: Read Colossians 3:15
Day 4: Read 2 Thessalonians 3:16
Day 5: Read John 16:33