John 14:25-28 – “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. 27 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. 28 You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.” NKJV
So much is embodied in that short passage of scripture! So much comfort, hope, encouragement, direction, and information for our daily walk! I love the Promises of our Lord that were made not only to those who were standing with him physically at that time but reaching into all successive generations and this passage is one of those incredibly powerful tidbits from the Treasure Trove of His Promises!
Notice He tells them and us that although he had been teaching and some did not remember, He reminds them that they should not worry! Why? Because the HELPER, the Holy Spirit, Who was coming from the Father would Teach them and bring to remembrance all that he had been teaching. You and I have a helper, teacher, comforter, advocate, attorney, guide, and guard in the person of the Holy Spirit. He even prays through us when we do not know how to pray! He quickens our minds when we have forgotten important divine truths. He is ever-present!
Then the Lord goes further and says Peace I Leave With You! He further qualifies that by saying it is “MY PEACE” –not the world’s peace! His peace is unshakable and never dependent upon outside circumstances or influences it is Who He Is! We have God’s Perfect Peace when our minds are fixed upon Him. We have God’s Unshakable Peace when we are in right relationship with Him. We may be penniless, in pain, and facing impossible odds but because of Him we can “Live in Peace.” That is what He gives and something the world has no concept of and is incapable of giving it.
He expands further about that Peace and calms all concerns about not only the immediate future but eternity. Do not allow a troubled heart to rule, but remember my Promise! Jesus reminded them that He was going away and in doing so would prepare a place for them and us. If He goes, He promised to return! He went and He is coming back! The simple truth is that our eternal destiny is settled.
We do not have to worry about a retirement plan in eternity, He has taken care of it. We do not have to worry about a healthcare plan in eternity, He has taken care of it. We know that is real because of Who He Is. We can trust Him, and He backs up what He promises with the assurance of the Father! What more could we ask?
Therefore, if you lack ask. If you have fears, turn to Him. If the turmoil of this life comes at you like billowing waves of a raging ocean look to Him and crawl up in His arms and Rest. His Peace is our Peace! His Promise is our Promise! Thank you, Lord, for the assurance and evidence of your love, compassion, and concern for us!
May God watch over you as you go through your day!