John 16:32 “Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.”
Jesus was getting ready to go to the cross to pay for the sin of mankind when He spoke these words to His disciples. In His humanity He was about to face the darkest time of His life; a time when even those closest to Him would turn their backs on Him. Can you imagine the pressure that was upon Him at that time? And yet, He knew that He wasn’t alone because His Father was right there with Him.
Maybe you have felt all alone at times in your life. Times when it seemed that everyone who should have or could have been close to you had turned their backs on you and left you to face the unknown alone. But just as Jesus had the assurance that He wasn’t walking through life alone, so can we have that assurance. As children of God, born again believers in the risen Christ, we can know without a shadow of a doubt that we do not face life and it’s pressures alone. The Father, through His indwelling Spirit, is always with us.
Hebrews 13:5b, 6 ….For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
God has promised to be with us, to walk with us through life’s pressures and to give us the help that we need at just the right time. We do not have to fear what lies ahead because Jesus said even though we would experience pressure from this world system and the attacks of the enemy that we could be of good cheer because He had overcome those things for us. We have peace and strength in Him even in the midst of the storms of life.
John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
That word for “tribulation” in the Greek is the word thlipsis and according to Strong’s concordance #2347 it means “pressure, oppression, stress, anguish, tribulation, adversity, affliction, crushing, squashing, squeezing, distress. The word is used of crushing grapes or olives in a press.
How many times have you felt like you were being crushed in a press due to the adversity and tribulation going on in your life? It’s a very real affliction; not just something that comes against you mentally. You can experience very real physical symptoms from the pressures of life. But Jesus said to be of good cheer. In other words, don’t let the devil squeeze you into his mold! Rest in the peace that Jesus has purchased for you on the cross of Calvary. He took our tribulations on Himself when He was crucified on our behalf. The great exchange was made; His peace for our tribulation.
John 14:27 “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.
Jesus said He was leaving His peace with us. It’s a different kind of peace than what we find out in the world. The world gives us peace as we perform according to what is expected of us. If we do what is right init’s sight then things go well with us and we have the world’s type of peace. Peace that is based on conditions. If you meet the conditions things will go well with you. But the peace that Jesus has given us is a peace that has no requirements for you to meet; it is unconditional and can’t be taken back from you. You never have to perform to receive it; it is given by grace and received through the exercise of your faith.
Peace by the definition of the world’s standards is freedom from disturbance or agitation. It is conditional based upon whether or not there is friction or strife in your life. If no strife is there then you have peace. But God’s peace, the peace that Jesus gives us, is the Greek word “eirene” and it means “a state of rest, quietness, and calmness; an absence of strife; tranquility. It general denotes a perfect well-being. It is a calmness even in the midst of the storm. It is not dependent upon the absence of strife for it to work. It is a state of rest, quietness and calmness, even when the pressure is on. The world’s form of peace is totally dependent upon the absence of strife and the peace that Jesus gives is a peace that works even when strife is present. You can experience peace in the midst of life’s trials; if you will trust the Lord, receive it by faith, and keep your focus on Him.
Isaiah 26:3, 4 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.
Keep your focus on the Lord and trust Him and you will experience the peace that passes all understanding. He is there for you! There is none above Him and none beside Him.
Isaiah 45:18 For thus says the LORD, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the LORD, and there is no other.”
Remember it is not who you are that matters the most, it is WHOSE you are. If you have invited Jesus into your heart to be your own personal Lord and Savior then you belong to the family of God. You are a child of Almighty God. He is the One who watches over you; who provides for you and cares for you. He is the One who gives you His peace; perfect peace when you trust Him.
Thank You, Father, for Your peace. I know that I do not travel through life alone, but You are right here with me. You are the One that I long for, cling to, rely on and trust in. You are my God and there is no other above you or beside You. I recognize You as the authority in my life and I trust You to take care of the things that I am concerned about. Father, I pray for those today who might be experiencing turmoil, pain, fear and pressure in their lives due to the adversity that is facing them. Father, I ask You to touch them where they are, to provide for them as they have need and to give them peace in their hearts knowing that You love them and are watching over them. Give them peace in the midst of their storms, Father. Show them Your great power in overcoming all that is coming against them. Show them how to rest in You, Lord, and experience the assurance that all will be okay in their lives. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for the peace that You have given us. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.