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Whose Peace Do You Have?

One of our main goals with our blog is to keep it real. I don’t want to fill it with fluff that’s not  relatable to real life. But if you’re paying any attention these days, real-life is looking less than  perfect. Covid, gas prices, politics, current/potential wars….yeah, it can be rather unsettling. 

What Should Be The Outlook Of A Believer?

Whether living in good or bad times, we are all constantly faced with external situations that can  affect the condition of our hearts. We have relationships with a spouse or parents or our children  that can be stressful. We have jobs and bills and money issues to figure out. So what should be  the outlook of a believer? How should we handle stressful situations and bad news, be it personal  or general? 

The following verse paints a vivid picture of God’s desire for us, even during stressful times.  Before Jesus went to the cross, He made an amazing proclamation. In John 14:27, He said,  “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 troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Even reading that as I type it, it’s almost as  astonishing as it is comforting. It’s even more remarkable when you realize that Jesus was saying  this to the disciples right before He was going to be crucified! These men were about to go  through the most challenging and most stressful moments of their lives, and Jesus essentially  said, “Hey, here’s my peace. You don’t ever have to freak out now”. In fact, he said, “LET NOT  your heart be troubled,” meaning they had a large part to play. Inferring that WE have a part to  play as well. 

 

Not As the World Gives

Jesus also makes a sort of peculiar statement in this verse. He said, “not as the world gives do I  give to you.” Jesus Himself acknowledged that there is a peace we can get from the world. But it  is entirely dependent on all of our externals being just right. Your job or business is great, your  body feels great, everyone is friendly to you and loves you. That is the only peace the world can  give, and it is entirely circumstantial. But Jesus said His peace is not like that. It is unaffected by  circumstance. It can be accessed by simple faith in these words: 

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 troubled, neither let it be afraid.” 

If we know the Word is true and that He cannot lie, then we have to conclude that believers do,  in fact, possess His peace. So the big question is, where the heck is it? If we have the peace of  Jesus, why don’t we always feel it? Could it be that we have to partake of this peace by faith, just  like everything else we receive from God? We know from the biblical account that the disciples  did a pretty poor job over the next few days of not letting their hearts be troubled. Instead of  remembering Jesus’ words about resurrecting on the third day, they became filled with fear. They  thought that Jesus was dead forever and that His ministry and their lives were ruined. But they  were wrong. Not because they didn’t have plenty of evidence to be fearful. But because they  were looking at the wrong evidence. 

We Have a Choice To Make

When we elevate our circumstances above what God has said in His Word, we are looking at the  wrong evidence as well. The disciples could have remembered the words of Jesus and been 

rejoicing with anticipation over His resurrection. Likewise, we have to remember what God has  spoken over our lives. He has proclaimed the victory of Christ on our behalf in His Word. Will  we let that be true, or circumstances that appear contrary. 

We have a choice to make. Regardless of our situation, we have more than one option. I hope this  encourages you. I hope you know that you have His peace now, irrespective of your situation and  of how you feel. We need to humble ourselves and accept that His Word is more trustworthy than  our experience. As we choose to not let our hearts be troubled or afraid, His supernatural peace  

will take over. It will provide comfort, and it will give us wisdom in whatever situation we find ourselves in.

 

Written By: Travis McDaniel

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