“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:1 & 27 NKJV)
Have you ever wondered why many are not content and satisfied with the little they have? Satisfaction does not come from what material blessings we have, but it depends on how we view or what understanding we have about our life and its contents. A thorough and deep understanding about our life is a prerequisite for gaining ultimate satisfaction. When we are able to see who we are and what we are, in the light of God’s Word, we become able to boldly declare that we have a supreme and eternal value within ourselves. This revelation leads us to despise all worldly pleasures, making us grow holy and helping us to utilize and even sacrifice all our resources for God’s kingdom, as we earnestly desire to fulfill His purpose leaving behind all our selfish desires, living a life filled with hope, hope both for this earthly life and for our life after death.
But, wait, there is a key to gain such an attitude. It is told in our introductory scripture portion. When we believe in God and in His Son, we receive His divine peace. This peace, when it resides in our hearts, we become able to overcome all troubles and negative feelings and helps us live a life of boldness, courage, deep satisfaction and strong hope. This spiritual strength enables us to live our Christian life with full vigor and no matter what our outward appearances tell about ourselves to other people, we do not have a self-achieved strength, but a strength mercifully given by God which does not rest on the wealth and pleasures we have, but solely depends on His love for us. This inner situation helps us see ourselves as we are, just the way God looks unto us. When we have such a state of mind, we do not say, “I do not have this, I do not have that”, but we say, “ I have Christ. His peace dwells deep within me. He is all I need.”
Dear friend, do you depend on the pleasures of this world for satisfaction of mind? Do you look to the material blessings you have to receive inner peace? Then, it is time for you to receive Christ into your hearts. His divine peace will reside in you no matter what belongings you have or not have. Your circumstances and situations will never be a hindrance to that peace. You can boldly look on all your problems and declare, “I have peace, overflowing, overwhelming, peace, in midst of the problems I face.” You are called to freedom and deliverance from all negative situations of mind, a calling that simply can’t be unnoticed. Now, Christ is taking hold of your heart, just submit, just surrender, just dedicate yourselves completely at His feet. Gone are the days when emptiness and lack tormented you. Now, you have been filled with a powerful peace. Oh! It is not because we are worthy that we received this peace, but because Christ suffered. “But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us PEACE was upon Him.” (Isa. 53:5 NIV). Yes, because Christ endured the horrible cross, we have peace, not as a reward but as grace.