When trouble surrounds me, when I am stressed – I find peace by not letting my heart be fussed, not letting myself be afraid …of whatever it is. I have to consciously choose peace.
Peace I leave with you;
My peace I give to you;
not as the world gives do I give to you.
Do not let your heart be troubled,
nor let it be fearful.
– John 14:27
We are told by Jesus here, ¨Let not …¨. That means we can – or NOT. We can choose to fret and fuss and be afraid. But Jesus advises us to NOT LET ourselves slip into that.
And that is the confidence I have as things do not go my way. I consciously choose to rest in God´s peace. I have to consciously say, often as a prayer out loud to God: ¨Lord I am not doing too well…. I reject this… and ask You to give me peace and strength….¨
With this I am reminded of the sick guy who was honest with Jesus and said, (Mark 9:24)
Lord I believe. But help me with my unbelief.
And THAT is what I´m talking about. I always need more – more belief, more faith, more than I have in myself. So I ask Him.
REALLY makes a difference in my ¨daily peace quotient¨!