How can a troubled heart find peace in the midst of turbulence? How can tears find a path to restored joy? Where do you go to find peace?
When losses are too great for the human heart to bear, Jesus says, “I will give you My peace.” It’s not a “grin and bear it” kind of emotion.
Jesus Peace – A Different Kind
In times of heart wrenching pain like we’ve seen in our own country, in devastating world events, and even in our personal lives, where do you go for peace? Sometimes the world offers little but “get through it the best you can.” Jesus, on the other hand, says confidently, “You can get through it with My peace.” His peace, the Holy Spirit’s presence, makes the difference.
Our Grief Is Different
In times of grief, Jesus never says, “Do not weep.” He knows the deepest pain of our hearts and shares that pain with us. He only tells us not to “grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13, NIV). For the believer, Jesus’ peace is a lifelong trust in the Blessed Controller. It is the assurance of things hoped for—even in bleak times when we cannot see or feel that hope or assurance—and includes the strength to make it through one day at a time with God’s peaceful presence. His comfort, peace, and love push past the overwhelming fear and unanswerable questions that assault us daily.
Grief will come. But so will Jesus’s peace when we ask Him for it.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.” John 14:27 NIV
A Personal Prayer for You
Jesus, even in the waterfall of our turbulence and tears, You give us peace! No one else can do that. No where else can we find open arms waiting to embrace and soothe the deepest pain of our lives. All others offer shallow hopes and misguided advice that push us toward discouragement and despair. But You, Lord, speak one word, “Peace,” and the rolling waves of turmoil smooth and recede. Comforter, Controller, Counselor, You are what we need. You give us peace, and You are our Peace. Thank you, Jesus!
How has Jesus been your Peace? When has His peace been especially real to you?
* Note – In light of recent world events, Jesus impressed my heart to republish this previous post. I hope it ministers to you.