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. – John 14:27
Meditation: As I sit watching the sun go down on another day and I feel the cool Spring breeze blow across my skin, I am reminded of the peace that we find when stop to appreciate the works of God. While we cannot necessarily count on another tomorrow in this world, all of God’s children have the assurance of something purer, something brighter, in the world to come. This brings peace when everything seems chaotic and difficult here and now.
Jesus Christ was and remains a complex Person. Not only do we have to wrestle with His dual nature, we must face the depth of His teachings. Many of the Lord’s teachings are easy to grasp even if they are hard to apply. (Have you tried loving your enemies lately?) However, some of the Messiah’s sayings make us think very hard indeed.
Isaiah 9:6 famously reveals that the virgin born Son of God would be the Prince of Peace, and yet He also said, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword” (Matthew 10:34). How can this be? The key is found in today’s verse in John 14:27.
The peace of Jesus Christ is not what the world defines as peace. It is not necessarily a cessation if struggle but a sense that all will be well in the midst of the storm. This is the peace that passes understanding and transcends our physical experience. With the peace of Christ upon us, we can walk through the valley of death with confidence, and we can face any challenge knowing that the Lord is with us.
Call to Action: Read Matthew 11:28-30. Consider the contrast between the rest and burden of service to Christ. At once the Lord calls us to take up our cross and follow Him, and yet we should also rest confident in faith knowing that His strength makes us strong.
Let’s play a little game. Would you rather struggle in your own strength knowing you will face frustration and failure, or would rather trust in the infinite power of Christ knowing that He will lift you up? Remember, you cannot walk on water, but He can.