march 19th - Peace
"These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:25-27 (NKJV)
Jesus prophesied to His disciples concerning the difficult final chapter of His sojourn on earth. His words were upsetting to His disciples. So much so that Peter jumped in (as usual) and told Jesus that He (Jesus) did not need to go through with the plan. Jesus then strongly rebuked Peter by saying, "Get thee behind me Satan!" The end was near--Jesus was about to complete God's plan to rescue mankind--and the disciples were perplexed and confused.
In the midst of this sobering prophecy Jesus spoke some words of hope to His disciples. He told them about a God-initiated peace that would become available to them. This was not a promise of an easy life, where the disciples would enjoy a time free of conflict, controversy and danger; "No," history records that all but one of the disciples would be martyred for their faith. The promise of peace was a supernatural peace that would be activated by the presence of Holy Spirit.
I came to faith in God at a very young age. I can verify what Jesus said concerning the Holy Spirit. "You will know Him, because He will be with you and He will live in you." I was acutely aware that the Spirit of God was with me. Having God, the Holy Spirit with me and living in me "always" gave me a deep sense of well-being.
The Holy Spirit was a continual source that spoke words of encouragement. Words such as: "I am here with you." "Everything is going to work out." "I will help you." "All things are possible with Me in your life." "I will guide you." "You do not need to worry about that." "Rest in me and know that I will work this for your good." The promise of peace is real. Listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to you...He is our comforter and is walking through life with you...every step of the journey.
There is a hymn from 1889 that speaks of a wonderful peace. The lyrics of the chorus are simply stated:
Peace, peace, wonderful peace,
Coming down from the Father above!
Sweep over my spirit forever, I pray
In fathomless billows of love!
Author's Note: In a universe where life struggles to survive, it is a peace-giving thought to know that the creator of all that is lives inside of me. He is an unending source of life, hope, love, confidence, assurance, mercy, grace and peace. Blessed be the name of the Lord! RJD