"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." John 14:27
Many times we pray and ask God for peace. I wonder if we truly understand God's peace. God doesn't promise to remove conflict or trouble from our lives when He gives us His peace. Instead, He gives us a peace that passes all understanding and brings strength to our hearts. He gives us a peace that helps us cope in the conflict...a peace that helps us cope in the trouble. Maybe that is why many people don't think God is answering their prayers. They believe that when they pray for God's peace that He is just going to pick them up out of the conflict or trouble and sit them on top of the Eiffel Tower. Don't get me wrong, God can do whatever He wants to do. He is God. But throughout the Scriptures, you will not find story after story of those who were lifted up out of their conflict or trouble. What you will find is that God was with them in their conflict and in their trouble. And God granted them His peace in the midst of the conflict and the trouble, and that was enough! Jesus told His disciples that He would give them peace. He also spoke to their hearts, not their circumstances. He said, "Do not let your HEARTS be troubled and do not be afraid." Paul understood this when he spoke in Philippians 4:6-7, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your HEARTS and your minds in Christ Jesus." I love that!!! The peace that God gives is a peace that will guard our HEARTS. That's why Jesus could say "do not let your HEARTS be troubled." The peace that God gives through the Son is a peace that passes our mind's understanding, yet protects our weak and frail HEARTS...especially during conflict and trouble. Do you hear Jesus' words today in the midst of your conflict and trouble? Are you taking His words to HEART? "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you."