Inner peace comes from feeling safe. Jesus brings safety through His Spirit. Having Him IS peace.
24 What the wicked dreads will overtake him; what the righteous desire will be granted.
The peace Jesus talks about in John 14 is different than what the world offers. It’s an inner peace based on a right standing with God.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
Here’s how it works:
- We fear God; Jesus teaches us that God loves us and wants a personal relationship with Him through Jesus.
- We fear the unknown concerning eternity. Jesus brings eternity to us through His Spirit!
- We fear our circumstances; Jesus works everything out for our eternal good and His glory.
- When our hearts are afraid, we lean into Him and His precious promises. The comfort of His Presence chases away our fear.
When we trust Him, His Presence makes anything this world offers for security pale in comparison. We can let go of the things that the world considers secure: health, wealth, a mate, material goods, etc. The world wraps itself in these things thinking that they will protect them from their fears. WRONG! Death overtakes everyone eventually. Sometimes it even robs us of life before we die by taking our physical health, our mental health, our wealth, our mates (or other people close to us), our position (job, status, influence), or anything that a person counts on or depends on.
Jesus’s focus has never been on this world. He even said, “My kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36).” His plans for us go WAY BEYOND this world.
Here is what He said,
The man who loves his [this] life will lose it, while the man who hates his life [turns away from the securities] in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow [believe, trust, fix our eyes on, depend on] me; and where I am, my servant also will be [THIS is our security] . My Father will honor the one who serves me. John 12:25-26
It’s an adventure, indeed, but one with a secure final destination. Let’s not let our hearts be troubled; when we begin to fear, let’s turn to Him and His great promises. HE IS WORTH SERVING! Just look at what all He has already done for us: Easter!