March 08, 2020

John 14:27 “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.”

Life circumstances, including catastrophic loss, have shown me that the peace Jesus is referring to in John 14:27 is not dependent on my life circumstancesbeing peaceful. It is also not dependent nor does it need to be accompanied by feelings that are peaceful.

Peace. Deep-abiding peace. God-provided peace. That is what this verse promises.

Peace, at least for me, is not a warm fuzzy feeling. Deep-abiding peace is found in a person. His name is Jesus. He alone brings peace to my crushed spirit. His Spirit, the Holy Spirit, lives inside of me. It is Jesus that provides the peace that quiets my internal spirit amidst the painful reality of my circumstances. It is nearly unexplainable. Yet, fully explainable in the person of Jesus Christ, and His abiding Spirit within me.

John 14:27 references that His peace is not a worldly peace. Worldly peace would represent calm, quiet, the absence of threatening circumstances, and perhaps a feeling of security. The peace Jesus provides is an internal calm of my very spirit by His Presence. Even amidst circumstances that have tossed my internal and external being to the very core. In the most shattering of life circumstances, I have been anchored by The Anchor. Jesus. His promises in Scripture. His whispered truth. Sometimes, His truth must scream above and across my feelings.

The Peace Provider, Jesus, whispers across my ever changing feelings and anchors me with Himself. His very Presence within me.

 My feelings do not negate the Truth. Hallelujah!

I love how author Levi Lusko captures this very thought: “Hold His truth above how you feel.”

My Peace is found in The Truth. Jesus. The truth of Who He Is. What He came to do. What He promises to yet do.

John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

The circumstances of my life don’t get to control and have authority over my peace. The promised peace Christ provides does. The Holy Spirit living inside of me makes this happen! To Him be all glory.