Monday, December 21
Jesus’ gift of peace
Scripture: John 12-14
John 14:27 I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
So much to choose from today…
In the Upper Room Discourse (John 14-16), Jesus prepares His followers for what is about to happen. (I heard John Stott teach on these chapters at Urbana 70—it was amazing—and I just discovered these recordings are available at https://urbana.org/urbana-70.).
In the midst of preparing His disciples for His death and departure, Jesus breathes this wonderful promise of peace. It is peace of mind and heart even when there is no external peace, even when everything around you is in turmoil. It is a peace the world cannot give, since the world’s peace is merely absence of conflict or trouble. Jesus’ peace exists in the midst of conflict and trouble, in spite of it! When Jesus says “Don’t be afraid,” He doesn’t leave us to screw up our courage on our own; He leaves us with this amazing gift of inner peace.
I’ve experienced this gift of Jesus’ peace so many times in the midst of fearful or troubling circumstances. I’ve also learned that it’s not always automatic—that I still have to choose to enter His peace. How to do that? When I’m troubled or worried, I can turn to Jesus in prayer. Paul put it this way:
Philippians 4:6-7 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
I can also wait quietly in His presence and enter His peace.
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
There is so much happening around me to disrupt my peace in 2020! I’m choosing to tap into Jesus’ gift of peace in the midst of it all.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for this amazing gift. Help me today, and every day, to enter and enjoy Your peace.