God’s Peace – Part 1
Scripture Reading: John 14:26-29
Key Verse: John 14:27a
“I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart and the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give…”
What all of us want in this life is a peace-filled heart. I can’t imagine anyone not seeking peace while going through the negative issues that come to everyone. We don’t like having to face any problems, but problems are not an option for anyone, they come to everyone. However, if I could have a peace-filled heart while dealing with the problems of life… what a difference that would make!
When Jesus went back into heaven, He promised that an Advocate would be sent as His representative (John 14:26). This Advocate is the Holy Spirit that is given to every true believer that walks with Jesus. This Holy Spirit will live in us and remind us of all the things Jesus taught and the promises Jesus made to His followers. According to our key verse for today, Jesus said that one of the gifts He was giving us, through the presence of the Holy Spirit, was His peace. I like the way the New Living Translations puts it: “peace of mind and heart.” This is the gift that Jesus offers to everyone who decides to believe in Him and follow Him in their daily life.
This peace is available to all believers but not all believers live in His peace. The reason for anyone’s absence of peace is lack of faith in Jesus’ promises. Our job is to “trust and obey for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus” (old Hymn of the church). Any time our peace is missing, we’ll find worry and anxiety has taken the place of trusting and obeying. Let’s determine to trust Him!
Father, I know you are worthy of my total trust; please help me with my unbelief, in Jesus’ Name I pray, amen.