From Pastor’s Desk:
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.
Previously we considered Paul’s words to the Colossians, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…” (3:15). The premise of that verse is Jesus’ words in today’s verse.
We must understand that “peace” is not just floating around in limbo (a place or state of restraint or confinement) somewhere. Nor is it spiriting its way throughout the universe, with the intent that someone somewhere at some time will grab onto it. No, it has an intended destination: The heart of mankind!
Note that in both verses the heart is the targeted recipient of peace. Further, it is not of this world, but from Jesus Himself! Beyond that is the “ruling” factor, that is, peace from Christ Jesus can actually override anything else confined within the heart.
Is it any wonder then that a person who has experienced and maintains the peace of God can stand strong and steadfast in the face of adversity? It isn’t that we never falter when storm winds assail, but rather, we can rest assured that if God chooses not to calm the storm, He will cause a great calm within us.
The heart that is not troubled and afraid is the heart wherein the peace of God abides.