In a time where panic and fear is being consumed by the gallons, and anxiety is stacked in hearts and homes higher than the Empire State building, I am reminded of something that seems to have been left on the shelves in abundant proportions: PEACE!
As I was scrolling through my Facebook feed the other day and I landed on the picture above by an incredibly gifted, young artist named Luis Massa Jr. In his post, he spoke on how in the times we’re facing right now, we need the peace of Christ. When I saw this piece of art, I was immediately reminded of one of my favorite verses in the bible: John 14:27. In this verse, Jesus specifically tells us of the incredible gift that He is leaving for us: His peace.
“Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]” John 14:27
He leaves with us, and it’s His perfect peace is what He gives to us. Reading this, it makes me think of how Jesus is the most perfect gift giver. He doesn’t just give us what we want, but He gives us what He knows we will need. He knew we would encounter peace snatchers and havoc shakers all throughout history, so He left us with a treasure that would be unending and able to stand the tests of time.
The peace He has gifted to us literally means “to have a state of national tranquility that is exempt from rage and havoc of war; it means harmony, security, safety, and prosperity”.
My oh my…what a gift, what a gift. Then He specifically and intentionally continues by telling us that this is not a gift that the world is able to give us. That it is something that can ONLY be gotten from Him. Peace gotten from the world runs out, but the PEACE of God is one that is everlasting, and everflowing like a rapid, waterfall pouring out at the rate at which we need it. And His Peace is the only thing that is able to give us the ability to obey the command that proceeds the gift: “Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid.”
God did not give us the spirit of fear, which creates bondage, selfishness, fearfulness, cowardness. But He gave us His Spirit that consists of power (miraculous power and strength), love that is charitable and affectionate and soundness of mind.
I was sitting in prayer the other day and Psalms 121 popped into my mind. It starts with “I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” In an instant, God spoke to my heart and said: “you have to be willing to look up to Me in order to receive what you are in need of”. In these coming weeks, it will so easy for us to be consumed by looking all-around at the media and news feeds to get the insight and direction and maybe even peace and comfort of what to do. We have been so consumed with the spirit of fear from our horizontal looking at events unfolding in our world, that so many of us have fallen away from a vertical looking to where our True Help comes from.
“But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and He answers me from His holy mountain.” Psalm 3:3-4
Whether it’s doubt, fear, or the uncertainty of what is going to happen, God is willing and able to lift our head up to Him and be a surrounding shield of peace and protection. He desires to be at the center of all things in our lives. He is not surprised by what is happening; he has the remedy to this whole situation but it starts with us looking to him and grabbing a hold of all that He is. So as you go to Him and you allow Him to lift your head, be reminded that as His child when you call Him, He hears the ring in heaven, and picks it up to answer you!
Will you call on Him? I hope so. I pray we all will; with one sound and with one voice, calling out to the King and Creator of the galaxies to forgive our sins, and heal our land.