Looking around at the world today, we see nations and regions torn by war, starvation, violence, and many other unpleasantness. There is no shortage of news stories that parades these negativities in front of the eyes of billions across the planet. Where does one find peace? Where does one turn to find comfort amidst all the pain?
We find in John’s Gospel the following passage:
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” — (John 14:27, King James Version.)
In those ancient days, Israel was in a state of unrest and, often times, violence. They wanted to be free of the Roman power, and some attempted rebellion. Rome was also not kind in return. Still, there were those who found peace. When someone accepts Jesus, they find peace, however turbulent life may be.
John and Charles Wesley, after they were ordained to ministry, were sent on a mission trip. At some point in the trip, they encountered a storm on the sea. These brothers were afraid. However, there were a group of Germans that were not; they had peace. They knew that who they served, and who lived in their hearts. Therefore, they were not afraid to die.
Eventually, The Wesley brothers learned not to trust to their own works, but to the blood of Jesus. Thus, they found the peace that passes all understanding. The apostle Paul tells us how to have peace as well:
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” — (Philippians 4:6-7.)