The child of a parent who has never broken a single promise most likely believes, without a single doubt, when their parent gives their word to make something happen, then it’s going to happen. When something bad happens, that child looks to the parent for stability, support, assurance and peace.
The same should be true for us as spiritual children of God, and yet, we all struggle to trust God in perilous times. Most believe in the promises of God, but in our humanity we allow peace to escape us in seasons of difficulty.
Let’s use two similar definitions of peace from two dictionaries published more than 200 years apart. Webster’s Dictionary from 1828, defines peace to mean “Freedom from agitation or disturbance by the passions, as from fear, terror, anger, anxiety or the like; quietness of mind; tranquillity; calmness; quiet of conscience.” The second definition comes from Merriam-Webster’s current online dictionary, referring to “freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions.”
In talking about peace of mind and heart, or the peace that comes from God, Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27 ESV). You decide if you’re going to worry, fret, or give fear a foothold. It’s your choice. You determine whether or not you will trust Him and calm the storm of your heart.
Just two chapters over, still in John, Jesus said, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 ESV). Jesus told us this world is troublesome. Things are going to happen that rattle our emotions and even terrorize us, if we let them.
Instead, Jesus encouraged us to accept His gift of a settled heart. When we expect God to bring about His promises, in His way and in His time (that’s the hard part), we can experience peace of mind, tranquility and calmness in our souls.
The peace you seek is found in God. Even though we all have bouts of doubt or fear, the Heavenly Father waits with arms wide open, inviting you to rest in His peace.