Do not be troubled
John 14:27 (NLT)
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
What a powerful message Jesus gives us before He leaves the people. He has just finished explaining and teaching lessons in preparation for His death.
But in one bold statement He says “Do not be troubled or afraid”. He knew in advance every situation we would encounter, every problem and every sorrow, just as He knew His disciples would face.
The world offers so many strategies for dealing with stress: meditation, massage, counsellors, shopping, coffee, television, ‘keep yourself busy’ or on the contrary ‘have some alone time’. But quickly we find no lasting satisfaction in all these things as Jesus was well aware of.
He makes a point of stating how the world will give us a counterfeit peace only.
One thing we can have as Christians that the world cannot offer, is the peace of the Holy Spirit. He left it for us when He left this earth so that no matter what we face we can be assured that it will all be ok, even if we cannot see a way out.
There might be a massive mountain in front of you but as you allow God into the situation, a feeling of relief, knowing that everything is going to be alright will envelop you.
Peace is such a precious gift, a glorious release of bottled up emotion and it is available to all who have the Holy Spirit inside them and to all those who are willing to call upon the name of Jesus Christ!