The Inheritance Of Peace
A daily devotion for July 17th
27Peace 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.
28"You heard me say, 'I am going away and I am coming back to you.' If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me, 31but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.
"Come now; let us leave.
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).
I wonder how many Christians have really come to understand the great fact that peace is our inheritance. Peace is what Jesus has left us. It is fundamental and cannot be taken away from us by any circumstance. That is what He means by,
I do not give to you as the world gives.
How does the world give peace? If you were troubled and you went to a doctor who was not a Christian and asked him,
What can I do to gain peace? what would he tell you?
Take a trip. Go to Hawaii. Get away from it all. In other words,
Change your circumstances. Go to a place where nothing bothers you, where everything is peaceful around you. Then you can be at peace.
But Jesus says,
I give peace right in the midst of trouble, right in the midst of distress and turmoil and heartache and pressure. I can impart peace to your heart right there, and not as the world gives. Why? Because we can return to that basic relationship we have--
You in Me, and I in you. Out of that comes the guarantee that He is working out His purposes. He will bring us to the end of the trouble. He will still the storm and quiet the waves. We rest in the boat, content, knowing,
No water can swallow the ship, where lies the Master of ocean and earth and sky. That is peace.
Peace I leave with you. [Therefore], the Lord adds,
do not let your hearts be troubled. That is addressed to you! It means you do not have to be upset and anxious, weary and worried.
Do not let your hearts be troubled. How? By returning to that place of rest. Return to the phone booth and rest there in the confidence that Superman is within and will work the situation out for you and will accomplish His purpose through you.
You have made me rich, Father, with the inheritance of peace. Thank You that whatever I am going through, regardless of how difficult it is, I can have peace, because You are in me, and I am in You.
Life Application: How does the world give you peace? Can there really be a cure for a troubled heart?
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