John 14:27 (NIV)
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.
Peace (Shalom) is common Hebrew word that is often still used as a greeting, farewell, or blessing. Shalom can also be translated as deep, complete wellness or wholeness.
Jesus bestows this Shalom on His followers as a gift that He has left with us, and then He goes on to remind us that His peace is not the same as what the peace that the world gives.
The peace that the world gives is based on circumstances and only lasts until trouble sets in. But the peace that Jesus is offering is a peace that can cover and keep us in all circumstances. So much so, that He tells us we need never let our hearts be troubled or afraid. Incredible!
If you or I were to offer peace in every circumstance it would be an empty promise that we could not deliver on. But Jesus can legitimately offer such all-encompassing Shalom because He knows there is not a single thing that we will encounter that He can’t overcome on our behalf.
When I really take this verse to heart it changes everything. I think I need to practice hearing the Holy Spirit whisper “Shalom” over me multiple times each day!
Jesus thank you for the gift of Your peace. Help me to live in that peace when anxious thoughts threaten to overwhelm me. Remind me daily that You are so much bigger than any problem that we face. In You we will overcome. Shalom.
Written by Shelley Witt