“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. ” John 14:27
Christ gives us HIS peace. He leaves His peace with us, after the resurrection. His peace is not of the world. The world’s peace is momentary, fleeting, and conditional.
Can we even imagine Christ’s peace? His peace sustained Him through 3 years of ministry that resulted in others’ betrayal, accusation, fear, doubt, and pain. His peace allowed Him to suffer silently while He was beaten and crucified by those who praised Him just one week before. His peace gave Him supreme confidence and conviction to carry out God’s supreme purpose for the redemption of humanity. His peace carried Him through the cross to the empty tomb. His peace centered on His love for all of us.
You have His peace to sustain you through suffering, to convict you of truth, and to center you on love for God and others. Christ’s peace be with you always.
Photo: Riverbend Church – Austin, Texas
Psalm 37:7 “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. 8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. 9 For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.”
God is instructing us to wait for Him, to be still before our almighty God, to hope in Him alone. When we fixate on others’ wrongdoing, our focus is shifted from hopeful waiting to anxious fretting. When we perceive what The Lord is doing in our own lives, we experience peaceful hope and await our inheritance in The Lord. His plans are to prosper us; wait on Him.
Photo: Anxiety’s Spiral – La Sagrada Familia – Barcelona, Spain
Isaiah 26:3 “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” In response to keeping our minds steadfast in seeking Christ and trusting God with our thoughts, God will keep our minds in perfect peace. God’s peace, beyond the world’s understanding, fills every crevice of our minds. He stills our racing thoughts. He speaks “silence!” to the internal chaos of noise. He squelches the spiritual attack on our minds. He quiets the cacophony of voices. His still, small voice is to be trusted. Be aware of the peace of God that enters and calms the mind. Allow Him to renew and transform the mind. May God’s peace, nurtured by our trust, restore our restless minds to wholeness.