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
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
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.