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.
Have you ever found yourself preoccupied or obsessed with something? Whether it's planning for a big event or watching back-to-back episodes of your favorite show, it's easy for a single train of thought to crowd out all others. While we may have little control over circumstances and the thoughts that come knocking on our mind's door in response, there is hope: we can choose the direction of our thoughts.
“Peace I leave with you,” Jesus spoke these words knowing the pain and suffering awaiting Him the next day. He knew the fear and confusion His disciples would face and that they would flee in fear. We are simple creatures who struggle to hold multiple thoughts in our minds at once, especially when our worries and fears try to take over. Despite our weakness, God's promise never changes. We can return to Him time and again. His peace never fades. We can welcome it into our hearts and minds despite the chaos and storms of life swirling around us.
His peace can become our anchor, holding us steadfast despite crashing waves and forceful winds. Have you sought His help and peace today?
Jesus Christ has died once and for all, and no one can dispute the legacy of peace that He has given each of us.
1 Samuel 17-18