John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
As a pastor, my heart goes out to those brothers and sisters in Jesus who are troubled, hurting, feeling hopeless and in despair. Thus, these blogs about peace over the last few days. In your trial today, Jesus IS your peace. In your disappointment today, Jesus IS your peace. In your affliction or pain today, Jesus IS your peace. He is right there with you. The writer to Hebrews tells us that by “faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God” (Hebrews 11:3). Really? I do not mentally understand or comprehend how He created the universe? I believe it, but I do not understand HOW He did it. Likewise, faith is the hand that received the promises of God’s Word. Faith in God is the key that “unleashes” the power, or reality of God’s promises in our souls.
The apostle Paul writes near the end of his letter to the Romans these precious words: “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” (Romans 15:13) Many of these dear souls were being persecuted and ostracized by their families and society because of their allegiance to Jesus Christ. But Paul speaks of hope, joy and peace in believing. There is no hope, joy or peace in doubting, is there? Peace is the absolute assurance that God is sovereign and that God is in control of all things. Thus, if we love Him, we believe the promise that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) Beloved, in the midst of your very real pain, sorrow, depression, or fear is the very present help and peace of Jesus Christ. Do not try to understand it; believe it. Peace I give unto you, says The Lord.