“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you…” John 14:27.
Friends, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that Jesus has promised to give us His peace. The bad news is that most, if not all of us, will at times be very disappointed and frustrated with the peace Jesus is giving.
You see the peace Jesus is offering is peace in the midst of trouble, trial, disaster, difficulty, and injustice. That is, after all, the kind of peace that Christ had when he walked this earth. Additionally, if the fruit of peace, presented in Galatians 5:22, is really worth anything it needs to be a peace that passes all understanding. It needs to be a peace that can be counted on to steady us in the middle of the worst this world can bring. Because if some merely natural circumstance is capable of banishing the peace offered by our infinite, all powerful God, then perhaps this God is not really as great as we’ve been told he is. The true test is, can the peace we’ve been given endure the trials of hard living without being tarnished or diminished?
The exceeding great and precious promise of scripture is that God’s peace is resilient and enduring. “Great peace have they which love your law: and nothing shall offend them.” Psalm 119:165. Did you see that? It said NOTHING shall offend them. Nothing. Isaiah 26:3 promises that God will keep in perfect peace those who fix their mind and their trust on Him. God keeps those who trust Him in perfect peace.
It’s because we trust in God, in the midst of temptation, trial and tribulation, that we have peace. And that peace that attends the worst that life can send will also grace the best of life’s blessings, enhancing the love and embellishing the joy, earning for its author the rightful title, Prince of Peace.