“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid.”John 14:27
Shalom, “Peace,” was a common Hebrew salutation used in greeting and in parting, and it still is used by some today. It’s a rich word encompassing peace, harmony, wholeness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility. But Jesus gives it even more depth because the peace He brings is true reconciliation with God, purchased with His blood. While this is eternally true, and I know I am “made right” with God by Jesus’ death, there are moments in my walk when I forget that eternal truth and focus only on myself. It is at those moments that I lose sight of God’s other-worldly peace that passes all understanding.
While the life-wrenching turns of job loss, strife, illness, abandonment, war, and death all strike blows at the peace of Jesus, it is more often the subtle, small life-hits that chip away at peace until our focus is totally on ourselves instead of on the Giver of Peace Himself. Go to Jesus. Accept the peace He is offering in the day-to-day situations of life. Your worry will diminish and the fears will be released in His soothing, comforting love.
Jesus gives His peace in the small matters as well as in the large.