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. John 14:27
What would our lives look like if we were able to walk daily with a deep, settled peace that assures our soul and transcends understanding? Jesus freely offers this kind of peace, His peace, to us but it requires a response from us. And I have found that there are two different venues for that response. First, peace comes from a daily submitting to His will through decisions we are able to make (vs. 15). It doesn’t matter whether God asks you to pick up the box of Cheerios another shopper knocked down or God is asking you to forgive someone who has hurt you. An abiding peace comes when we obey out of our love for Him (vs.21). And for those things we can’t control, peace comes through completely and totally putting our trust in Him. God is faithful and is able to keep all that we have entrusted to Him.
Where have I sabotaged my peace by not submitting to God’s plan and His word? What have I left undone that He has asked me to do? What situation that is beyond my control do I need to entrust to Him and believe He will bring good out of it?
Lord, let Your peace dwell in my heart today. Everything that I want to control, let me give to You. Everything that I can’t control, help me to remember that You have it all in control. Lord, let Your peace in my heart keep me from being troubled or fearful. Because in You I can do all things to the glory of God the Father.
Written by Amy Hassell, Murrysville Campus Connection Group Leader