When Jesus offered His peace to His disciples (and by extension to all those who follow Him – John 14:27-31), He made it clear His peace was not what the world calls peace. The world thinks of peace as a temporary state, free from conflict and strife. Jesus’ peace is a thorough, unadulterated wellness of soul. His peace does not protect us from trouble but gives us the equanimity and strength to go through it.
When we experience trouble, our tendency is to focus on “what is happening to me.” The previous post (you can scroll down to see it below) was about how peace comes when we expand our focus, viewing troubling circumstances from God’s perspective. Another tendency in times of trouble is to get all stressed out, wondering what will happen to me. Jesus demonstrates a way around that by what He said next:
29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. (John 14:29)
Knowing what is about to happen really helps. One of the most helpful things about Hospice care is their careful and compassionate instruction about the normal progression of death – what will happen to the body at each stage, how it feels and what it means. Birthing classes serve the same purpose, so a young couple is made aware of what is about to happen, enabling them to go through birth more peacefully. When we cannot know what is about to happen, it is helpful to know that Someone does. God knows. He proved that repeatedly in the Old Testament, particularly with the specific prophecies about the coming of Jesus. He knows what is coming in your time of trouble. And He is in control.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139:16)
He not only know what will happen, but He also knows why. He knows how He will use your circumstances as He accomplishes His purposes. We may not completely understand how He knows but knowing that He knows is very helpful in finding peace. His peace. Now and here on earth.