"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
What does the word trouble mean to you? The actual definition of the word is "to disturb the mental calm and contentment" or "to cause worry and distress." But what does it really mean to you today? Are you troubled in your marriage? Are you troubled with your children? Are you troubled in your job? Are you troubled financially, physically, relationally, spiritually??? I think it is safe to say that all of us have troubles, and troubles usually lead to fears and to doubts. The real question is what do you do with your troubles, fears, and doubts???
After spending much time with His disciples, Jesus warned them many times that He was about to leave them. He warned them that He would have to die. In John 14, Jesus spoke to them again, and it is understandable that the disciples were troubled. They had left everything to follow Jesus. They saw Him work miracles, and they heard Him teach with great understanding and much authority. Their love for Jesus was growing daily. Now Jesus was telling them that He had to leave. Jesus knew that they were troubled. He knew that their trouble would bring fear and doubt. But Jesus did something about it. He encouraged them. He replaced their trouble with peace…not just any peace…HIS PEACE. He said in John 14:27, "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."
I don't know what troubles you today, but God knows. And God has given you a way to make it through your troubles. He has given you the Holy Spirit to live in you and to strengthen you, especially during times of trouble. You don't have to let fear and doubt drive you to the edge. You can pray right where you are for the peace of God to fall on you. It's not a peace that comes and goes with the tide. It's not a peace that comes from the world. It is God's peace that comes through the death, the burial, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. You can know as a Christ follower that God loves you and is with you. You can experience His peace because of the Holy Spirit who lives inside of you. Whatever troubles you…give it to God. And He will give you peace…the kind of peace that Paul spoke about in Philippians 4:7. "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."