“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
– John 16:33 (Jesus speaking)
I want us to view this verse in conjunction with the one we read yesterday:
“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 (Jesus speaking)
Three or four months ago, we meditated on the following verse from the prophet Isaiah. Notice the common thread of all three of these verses: peace.
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called
Prince of Peace.
– Isaiah 9:6
“Peace” is a theme not just of these three verses, it is a theme throughout the Bible where Messiah (Christ) is concerned. The mission of Messiah was to bring peace between God and man.
Is there some kind of war going on between God and us? Yes. Sin is rebellion against God. We’ve been warring against God and He’s trying to bring an end to the hostilities. Allowing Himself to be crucified was the way He showed us just how hostile humanity is toward Him.
The very next words Isaiah wrote after the words above are:
There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace…
– Isaiah 9:7
The more we submit to the authority (“government”) of Jesus, the more peace we enjoy.
We need peace because “in the world” we “have tribulation” – trials, temptations, crucibles, difficulties, obstacles, heartaches, and more. The world gives peace but only occasionally. Jesus, by contrast, offers peace at all times and in all places. Those who are fully submitted to Him enjoy this continual peace. Thus the apostle Paul could write:
Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance…
– 2 Thessalonians 3:16
Peace is in such short supply these days, you’d think more people would be seeking Jesus just to partake of His peace. It saddens me to think what they’re missing.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord Jesus, I want Your peace. And I want the fullness of it. Show me how I may be blocking Your peace in my life…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)