MARCH 9, 2018

Lent-Day 21: Peace.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. ” John 14:27

We experience two different kinds of peace. One kind is the peace the world gives. This refers to those fleeting feelings of contentment when everything in life is going well. We feel a pleasurable sense of well-being. There is nothing wrong with this type of peace, but we all know that it can pass very quickly. The other kind of peace is the one God offers to us. It is a lasting peace that cannot be taken be away from us. It does not depend on our lives running smoothly. God’s peace provides an inner assurance that, ultimately, all will be well. This peace occurs in the presence — not the absence-of upheaval and turmoil.

We observe the most obvious example of God’s peace in the life of Jesus. For most of Jesus’ life, the odds are stacked against him. Tested, tried, and taunted, Jesus maintains an inner serenity through it all. He knows instinctively that because he trusts God completely, all will be well — even when things aren’t in the moment. This is the peace that God offers to us.

Daily Practice
Find a quiet place today and hear Christ speak these words into your life in spite of your circumstances: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” Receive this peace so that you can embody it for those around you.

Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days (Upper Room Books, 2015) p. 37.