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 NIV).
What the Lord gives is not what the world gives. His peace is not the peace felt by calm circumstance. His peace is the perpetual calm in the midst of any storm. It is rich, complete, amazing, supernatural, and more than can be described by any pen. It is abundantly given.
The world gives expecting something in return. Often, what it gives demands something from you. God gives freely of His love for you. He doesn't demand that you love Him. He doesn't demand that you choose Him. He offers Himself as a living sacrifice, and allows you to decide to accept His love or not. It is amazing that the Creator of the universe would offer us a free will to choose or reject His love. And when we accept His love, what we return to Him is given of our free will offered with no restraint. The greatest peace comes from knowing that the burden you have freely offered to Him is no longer yours to handle. It is His.
God never demands anything. He waits for the gift of your life—your struggles—your problems—your needs. He waits for you to let go. He doesn't demand it. When you finally release what has claimed your heart and mind, His gift is a peace that carries you through whatever life brings. The world could never give this kind of peace to you because the world's peace is based on circumstance. His peace comes from trusting the heart of a Savior who is greater than anything else in your world.
“Don’t worry about anything,” He reveals. “Instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT).
Make room for Him by clearing out the clutter of the world. Stop analyzing, and trying to figure out what only the world offers. Empty yourself of its demands and expectations. Empty your life of self so that you can receive all of Him. Give Him what troubles your heart and mind. And you shall receive His peace that is above all human understanding. You can have His heart—untroubled and free.
Choose me, He whispers. Just choose me.
© 2018 Lynn Lacher