“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” John 14:25
I have probably read it a thousand times but never before did I notice, and really get the meaning, do not let. What struck me is that we have a choice to make. It means that we can decide whether or not we want to be full of peace or to live in fear.
In a movie I watched with my children, they recounted an old proverb about two wolves warring inside of us. In the proverb, one wolf is good and the other wolf is evil. Which one wins? The one you feed. It occurred to me, the same is true with peace and unrest, which one will win? The one that you’re feeding. Always.
The Bible tells us “whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things.” (Philippians 4:8) We can choose the way we walk through life by choosing to think on the right things. Don’t get me wrong, I know there are circumstances in life that can completely overwhelm and frighten us, I’ve been through a few. But I can also say, that looking back, it was the thought processes I was going through that “fed the wolf”.
Q: How then do we feed the right wolf?
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
A: By being in constant communication with the One who grants true peace!
We are to praise Him and thank Him knowing that He’s working on our behalf in a realm we can’t see with our eyes, but He can give us assurance in our hearts. That’s the feeling of peace that surpasses all understanding. I’ve known that in some pretty real times. I remember one night just after my daughter’s first open heart surgery, when she was still very sick. A serious ‘code’ was called for the unit she was in, I was in our room trying to get some sleep, and when I heard that my heart was filled with fear. I thought for sure that she was the reason for the call, as she had been the previous night, and that we were once again facing the loss of our five- day old baby girl. I laid down on the bed, completely distraught, and prayed. I told the Lord my deepest fears, emptied myself of the terror I was feeling, and He replaced it with a beautiful peace, one that I could not have manufactured on my own. It was a divine exchange.
“I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8
His very desire is to give you peace in rest, no matter what circumstances you find yourself in, if you make the choice to let Him work.