Summary: God's peace is relational, not circumstantial. It is active and not passive. The Lord actively dispenses peace to those who minds are stayed upon Him. So keep our focus on Him and keep on praying.
John 14:27 “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.”
It is not the Lord’s will for us to be troubled and in fear. He wants to give us peace.
Peace is what everyone needs. On a personal level, we need peace in our hearts.
• We need peace at home, in our society, and even between nations.
• The recent clash over the ownership of a no-man island between two nations tells us how elusive peace can be.
The world sees peace as subjective – it’s more of an emotion, the feeling of tranquillity, a sense of serenity.
• It is often defined in the negative – it is the absence of trouble, when there is no conflict, in the absence of war.
• But the Bible puts it in the positive – it is found in Christ; it has to do with the presence of God; the power of God gives us peace. It is the promises of God that gives me peace.
Peace is the Fruit of the Spirit; it is a gift of God. Jesus owns it!
• The peace that the Bible talks about has to do with a PERSON; it is the peace of God. Jesus says MY peace.
• Nobody talks that way. Only the Son of God can. He is the Sovereign Lord who is in control. Peace is in His hands and He can dispense it.
• Therefore we have to view peace not just as an emotion or feeling, but the condition we are in. It is the state of being in Christ, in His presence.
Jesus says His peace is distinctively different from what we can find in this world.
• The peace of the world depends on our surroundings. God’s peace is anchored upon a RELATIONSHIP.
• We can have peace in Christ. We can have peace with God. We can know the peace of God, because we KNOW Him.
(A) God’s peace is RELATIONAL, not circumstantial.
Do you know God today? If you don’t, you can never experience true and lasting peace. If you do, you can, even in the midst of trouble and danger.
• It is the PERSON that gives you peace. We need Jesus.
• Isaiah prophesied him (early 700BC) as the “Prince of Peace” (Isa 9:6).
We can never have peace without Jesus.
• You can go to the most peaceful places on earth and seek serenity, but not peace.
• You can attend meditation classes every week to rest your body, but not find peace.
• Once you’re back in reality, you face the same stresses and the troubles of life.
Almost 9 years ago, I was taking a stroll at East Coast Park on my off day, with Siew Yee. The beach was calm, surrounding was serene, and the mood relaxing.
And then I received an SMS, telling me my sister had a likely miscarriage and that she was on the way to Camden Medical Centre for a confirmation test.
In an instant, my heart sank. Everything just disappeared – the sense of peace that comes from the calm sea, the breeze, and the quiet surroundings. Nothing matters anymore; nothing.