The Eye Of the Storm
John 14:27 (NIV)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
You know, I find that many people these days are just too focused on the fact that the calm always comes before the storm, almost to the point where they think that that’s the only place where they are able to find peace. As much as that can be true, many of us tend to forget that God’s peace is built to last us through the rough rides and tough times. We tend to forget that in the very midst of our storm or trial, there God is with us in the eye of the storm, and He is well and able to make sure that we are at peace with Him even though the very storms of life may be raging around us. As I read the verse earlier, it occurred to me that there are two main kinds of peace that every Christian should be aware of and they are the God kind of peace, and the worldly peace, and though they may have the same root word, the two couldn’t be any more different from each other.
The worldly peace, as you might have guessed, is the kind of peace that many of us tend to mistake for as God’s peace, only to realize that it is not when calamity strikes or when situations get the better of us. When Jesus told the disciples ‘I do not give to you as the world gives’, it only serves to indicate that the world can indeed give peace as well but praise God that when both kinds of peace are placed side by side, the world’s peace pales in comparison to the kind of peace our Father gives us. You see, the world’s peace is purely and strictly circumstantial, meaning it is just based off our present situation, it refers to us finding our security in things that are tangible, things like our finances, our grades, our portfolios and the likes. It is almost like placing our faith in the things that we are able to see. As Jesus continued in the later part of the verse, He said ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid’, and that just clearly speaks about what the by-products of relying on the worldly peace would bring. Should your circumstance take a turn for the worse, it instantly brings worry, it brings fear, and that doesn’t sound very reliable no matter how you look at it.
God’s peace on the other hand, is unaffected by circumstances. It lingers and persists even in the darkest of nights and it brings confidence to those who choose to wield it because they know that whatever they are facing can never overpower what is in them. God’s peace is the same peace Jesus gave to us, it is the peace that was strong enough to sustain our Lord through betrayal, mockery, humiliation and the crucifixion. It was the knowledge that in everything, God the Father would be the One to see Him through. Therefore today, and for the rest of your days, I encourage you to always seek God’s peace, to gain that perspective of eternity and your identity in Christ and to chuck aside the worldview of peace. Jesus has already shown us that perspective of eternity during His life on earth and I think it is high time we hold fast to all that He has promised us because after all, it is only God’s words that will endure forever.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that You have given me Your peace, a peace that is unlike any other. Lord, I just give thanks to You for the perfect example You have shown during Your time on earth and it is my prayer and hope that from today onwards, I will learn and seek to be more like You, to live in the knowledge that the peace You had when You took the Cross for me is the same peace that resides in me today. That when the shadows of doubt close in around me, I can rest secure and be confident and know that You are the God that will see me through. I commit myself unto Your loving hands, Father, take my trust, take my fears, take all of me and in everything may Your will be done in my life. In Your Most Mighty Name I pray, Amen.