Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
As we head into the weekend, for some, it promises to be a time of fun and relaxation. For some, it may be filled with a flurry of activity or work towards Monday deadlines. For some, the week has taken its toll and the mind is filled with worry or wonder about some unfinished or unfortunate thing. Whatever our situation, there is One whose voice can even calm the wind and storm. Jesus, Our Prince of Peace, is not worried about what lies ahead this weekend or at any point in time or eternity. For those of us who have PhDs in worry, this is indeed Good News.
In John 14:27, Jesus reminds us, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” Jesus didn’t just give us some knock-off peace that we can obtain through alternative means of calming our minds, hearts and nerves. Jesus has given us HIS peace. So, put down the drink, blow out the medicinal smoke, back away from the game app, stop cruising social media, turn off the mind-numbing television programming, get off the gossip line, and back away from the credit card. Instead, stand in the peace of Jesus Christ.
Jesus has given us HIS peace. The peace of Jesus does fade with time or fall under life’s pressure. This peace is a perfect balance of strength and serenity. This peace is a perfect combination of resilience and rest. This peace crushes worry. American humorist, Erma Bombeck reminds us that worry is like a rocking chair; it gives you something to do but gets you nowhere.
Today, as you reflect, let go of worry and grab onto the peace that takes you to the most importance place you need to be, in the presence of the One who can calm all of life’s worry.