John 14:27 (NIV84) 27 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.
Just like everything else this world offers us, it is the opposite of what God has to offer us. Our enemy the devil has his own versions that are very good imitations of the things God wants to give us. The enemy works really hard to get us to spend all of our time chasing after these counterfeits instead of seeking the real thing.
There are people who waste their whole life trying to find happiness in material possessions, people who give their life trying to find “the fountain of youth”, people who give their life looking for peace and happiness in drugs, sex, and alcohol.
Sometimes, we find ourselves falling for the trap that the devil sets for us, just like a mouse does when it goes for a piece of cheese sitting on top of the very mouse trap that will kill it. It should be plain as day that what we are getting is not a good deal, but instead of realizing the truth, we choose to focus on the cheese, and pretend like the trap does not exist.
Jesus tells us that He can give us genuine peace and it is NOT the same “peace” that the world offers us. The worlds definition of peace is “an absence or lack of trouble/conflict”. God’s definition of peace is knowing He has everything under control even when we are in the middle of conflict, trouble, or chaos.
When we accept real peace from God instead of the counterfeit that our enemy offers us, our hearts no longer have to be troubled and we no longer have to be afraid. This does not mean that we will no longer have trouble in this life. It simply means the trouble no longer has the same effect on us, because God has it taken care of. Today let’s choose to let God be our source of true peace. There is no substitute that is worth chasing after.
When I think of the peace that comes from God, I think of the martyrs who are able to go to their death singing praises to God. They can do this because this world and its “punishments” are no match for the peace that transcends all understanding. What does true peace mean to you? Do you have a favorite verse about peace? Share your thoughts below!
Chase Douglas is the assistant pastor of Grace Fellowship in Sunnyvale Texas. He loves food, family, and his God. In his spare time he plays and writes music, writes blogs for his website www.chaseryandouglas.com, and plays sports with his friends and family.