April 5 | John 14:27
“Peace I am leaving to you, my peace I give to you, not as the world gives, I give to you. Don’t let your hearts be shaken, nor let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)
Did you ever notice people who know their time is coming spend more time comforting their loved ones and those around them than they do worrying about themselves? We show concern for others, but they comfort us though they are the sufferers.
Jesus knew his time was coming. He knew the cross was just one day a way that Thursday night he comforted his disciples. Great pain was coming, but he was bringing peace to them. Peace in our relationship with God brings us comfort.
How could Jesus comfort his disciples when they did in comfort him? None of them knew what was coming, but they must have known him well enough that they noticed a difference. Jesus could comfort them because he had peace about the looming cross.
Jesus can give you peace that only comes from him. It’s peace for suffering, tribulation, and trial. Christians can face persecution because of Jesus’ peace. Like Stephen seeing Jesus as he was being stoned, we rest in Jesus’ peace and he brings us victory in the storm.
Action Step: Take Jesus at his word. When you know him, you have his peace. Accept it and dwell in it. The world can’t take it away. Your storm and suffering can’t take it away.
Thank you, Lord, for your peace. It passes all of my understanding. It doesn’t make sense, but I live in the middle of the peace. Let the storms face today fall away in the presence of your peace. Comfort me in my suffering.