Peace, Be Still
John 14:27, 16:33, and 1 Peter 5:6-7
27 "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” 33 "These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."
For His final teaching before returning to heaven, Jesus gathered His disciples into the Upper Room for a rather lengthy discourse on some very practical life issues. He had much to say about peace. He promised to leave His peace with them, then He made it clear that His peace was superior to the world’s transient offering.
Receiving His peace provides a solid cure for heart trouble, especially as it relates to fear. Jesus said that He spoke His words so that in Him we could have peace. The reality is that in the world we have tribulation, but responding with courage means sharing in Jesus’ victory over the world.
One of the greatest hindrances to enjoying Jesus’ peace is insisting on a personal set of circumstances happening before I relax and yield to His plans for me and mine. If I demand that His peace rides in on my particulars I may never know His loving care the way He wants it to be. Give some careful thought to this:
1 Peter 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, 7 casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
Jesus commanded the storm to stop and it obeyed! He commands you and me to stop striving, fretting, demanding, and resisting so He can pour out perfect peace in our lives.
Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.