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.
It’s interesting that Christ would add the disclaimer: “not as the world gives.” What’s he trying to get across?
Imagine yourself in the middle of a hurricane. The winds whip around you at breakneck speeds. The torrent of rain slams against you like sheets of water being blown at your body. Debris is flying everywhere. In the midst of this storm a massive boulder rests unshaken by the hurricane. You fight your way to the monstrous rock and grab hold, knowing that it can anchor you to the ground. Or you rest against its side, trusting that it will shield you from the howling winds that threaten to tear you from the ground.
That rock doesn’t provide the kind of peace you probably think of when you consider the word peace. But it offers a kind of peace that is desperately needed in this world.
The world pretends to offer peace and comfort. But its efforts at creating peace are nothing more than an illusion. A diversion designed to make you believe that there is no storm. But there is, and if you deny the storm’s existence, you’ll be swept up in it.
So run to Christ. He is our Peace in the midst the storm.
I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.
~John 16.33 (The Message)