Peace During War

“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 14:27

I love war history; I find myself particularly fascinated with WWI, also known as “The Great War.” Why this conflict? It amazes me how any sane man was able to climb out of those trenches and in many circumstances face almost certain death in the most grisly ways imaginable - how did they do it? How were they able to face - and overcome - the sheer terror of modern warfare and go “over the top?”

Last night my wife and I were reading our daily devotional from “A Little God time for Couples” titled “Peace During War.” We might not be involved in an official war, but we likely don’t have to look very hard to find conflict in our lives that takes away our peace and joy. I’ve been in the midst of severe bout of anxiety stemming from a major flare-up of chronic pain. When my mind starts spinning all I can see is a black tunnel of fear and dread; at times it gets so bad I can barely breathe, let alone pray.

It’s times like these when I’m so thankful for a faithful God and people in my life who love me and point me to Jesus. The author of today’s devotional put it this way:

True peace comes directly from the hand of the Creator to the heart of his children, regardless of the circumstances. Whether we are stressing about global hostilities, financial burdens, relational conflicts, or daily deadlines, Jesus says our hearts can be at peace. Our internal climate reflects the confidence we hold in the perfect character of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is in control. He cares for us. He is our source, our life, our peace during war.

It doesn’t get any more direct or to the point than that, does it? How do we face those things in life that seem so much bigger than we are? As the old hymn says:

Turn you eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace