Often when we hear people talk of peace, we think in terms of not fighting. We think that if there are no wars or struggles or arguments between people then we would have peace. The idea of peace that Jesus is talking about in John 14:27 has more to do with an inner calmness and security even in the midst of struggle and pain and turmoil. “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.”
The Good Lord never once promised that we would not experience pain. He never guaranteed that our journey with him would be free from struggle or heartache or confusion. Nowhere does he say that the world we live in will not have battles, skirmishes, or raging wars. The battles we face daily take on many forms from financial burdens, marital strife, raising children, health issues, or any number of other frustrations that cause confusion and hurt. Violence in our streets, fighting on battlefields in foreign lands, and strained relationships with those closest to us do not paint a picture of peace in our present time. There is no benefit, however, in denying these consequences of our fallen world and sinful nature. The only way to find the peace that is promised to us is to lay down our arms and take hold of his hand. This is not a surrender to mightier foes we cannot defeat, but surrender to the mightiest hero. It is choosing to trust in the one who has already won the battle. Don’t give up…give in!
He promises that we will have peace…in him. Throughout the Bible he promises to be our refuge, our shelter, our strong tower, our very present help in times of need. He says he will hide us in the cleft of the rock and protect us under the shadow of his wings. He did not promise that there would be no stones on our path, but that he would command his angels to keep us from striking our feet on them. He promises that he will see us through…not keep us from. We will have pain and struggle and heartache, and the world will have wars; but Jesus came that we may have peace in and through all these things.