“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” (Jn. 14:27, NIV)
Nobody really wants to worry. But for most of us worry seems more like a reflex than a choice. So how do we enter into Jesus’ invitation for peace? How do we follow His encouragement not to be afraid, not let our hearts be troubled? Jesus tells us that, too. In John 14:1 He says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.”
Easier said than done, right? But it’s not impossible. If Jesus says that we can have peace and don’t have to be troubled and afraid, then we’re smart if instead of writing Him off, we seek His help in learning to live this way! It is the difference between abundant life and constant anxiety, fear, and stress.
So what are we trusting Him for? If we’re trusting Him to give us an easy, convenient life with no pain or difficulty, no wonder it’s hard to trust! Scripture never promises anything like that. But the God we know from the Bible gives us many things we can count on.
Here are just a few.
He is good. (Ps. 34:8)
His plans for you are good. (Jer. 29:11)
He is powerful. (Eph. 1:19)
He will help you. (Heb. 13:6)
He is compassionate, gracious, patient, loving. (Ps. 103:8)
He is for you! (Rom. 8:31)
He is a Redeemer. (Is. 44:24)
He can work good in anything and everything. (Rom. 8:28)
He can meet all your needs. (Phil. 4:19)
He gives good gifts to His children. (Mt. 7:11)
He is a refuge in times of trouble. (Ps. 91:2)
Which aspect of God do you most need today? Look up the verse that corresponds to that trait and write it on an index card. Whenever anxiety or fear tries to creep in, read or pray that verse to God. Ask Him for more faith to trust in who He is and what He can do so that you can live in His peace—no matter what is going on in the world around you.