Do you battle with fear?
That’s an obvious question. Anyone who is honest with themselves will find some form of fear he or she needs to address inside of them. Even though the Lord tells us not to fear, our flesh sees the circumstances around, becomes aware of the lack of control we have, and triggers our fear response.
Sometimes a dose of fear is healthy, such as the fear we experience when we drive on icy roads, or if we get too close to the edge of a cliff.
A constant fear over our daily circumstances and struggles, however, is exactly what the Lord is addressing when he says in John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Jesus is talking to his disciples about the things to come - his death, his leaving the earth, and the coming down of the Holy Spirit. These were things that were frightening for the disciples. They had dedicated the past few years to Jesus - not just dedicated, but had given everything up to follow him - and now he was telling them that he was leaving earth. Talk about feeling completely vulnerable and uncomfortable! It is clear that they were experiencing confusion and fear during this conversation. And yet Jesus tells them multiples times in this chapter not to fear. Why would he say that when clearly fear is a natural reaction to this situation? Because of verse 27: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.” Jesus may have removed his physical body from this earth, but he has not left us.
Next time you are driving in bad weather, or you receive some devastating news, or you enter into a hostile meeting, remember that the Lord is with you. He has left us his peace, which transcends all understanding (Philippians 4:4-7). He knows exactly how long you will live and the good and bad things you will experience. Your path has all ready been laid out by the very being that has left you his transcending peace.