I always find these words comforting. 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 14:26)
The traditional Jewish greeting, shalom, was a wish for peace. The Old Testament meaning of peace was completeness, soundness, and well-being of the total person. This peace was considered God-given, obtained by following the Law. Peace sometimes had a physical meaning, suggesting security, contentment, prosperity and the absence of war.
In the New Testament, peace often refers to the inner tranquility and poise of the Christian whose trust is in God through Christ. The peace that Jesus Christ spoke of was a combination of hope, trust, and quiet in the mind and soul, brought about by a reconciliation with God. Such peace was proclaimed by the host of angels at Christ’s birth, and by Christ Himself in His Sermon On The Mount. He also taught about this kind of peace at the Lord’s Supper, shortly before His death. The apostle Paul later wrote that such peace and spiritual blessedness was a direct result of faith in Christ (Rom 5:1).
In a relationship with God, the peace comes in time. There are eight areas where we human’s are robbed of our peace:
1. There will always be old regrets and excuses.
2. A desire to have all of the answers.
3. Life will always have pain – it will never be pain free.
4. There will always be insensitive people.
5. Negative news will always be a part of life.
6. The belief that fulfillment resides in the end (goal).
7. Measuring our success or failure by material wealth.
8. Life is always changing.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Phil 4:7). Peace is the ability in a turbulent world to wait patiently in spite of the panic of uncertainty. Just to whisper the word is relaxing. Perhaps the rarest of all virtues, real peace comes only when you decide to take God at His word. Isa 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
The Hebrew words challenge us to lean or rest on God. Real inner peace comes only from God. It is not something the world can give, but it is something the world will try to take away from you.