We all long for peace, don’t we?
A little peace and quiet, some peace of mind, maybe even peace between nations.
But the peace that surpasses all understanding?
That kind of peace feels too ambitious, possibly even unattainable.
“You don’t know my circumstances”, you protest. “There’s hardly place for peace in my failure, fear, disappointment, and shame.”
And yet, the words of Jesus tell us otherwise.
John 14:27 says “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you.”
This supernatural peace of Jesus is a promise made available to every one of us.
How do we get some of this peace?
It only works when we truly know Him and trust Him intimately.
This peace results from our spending spend time with Him, really abiding in His presence. It involves more than a quick glance through a daily devotional, I’m sorry to say.
Abiding is both resting in and practicing His presence throughout the day, mindful that He is always at your right hand leading you and guiding you.
Peace also results from walking in fellowship with the Father through some difficult circumstances.
We learn who our Father is in our trials.
We learn that He is good, kind, merciful and faithful.
We learn that no matter how dire or desperate our situation, He is right beside us
Peace does not come through settled thinking but rather intimately knowing and trusting our Father.