A Calm Spirit in a Chaotic World
Jesus said, “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
Have you ever said, “I need a little peace and quiet”? You may have thought what you needed was less stress, less noise, or less conflict. But maybe what you needed was a different kind of peace.
In the New Testament, the Greek word translated peace can refer to “the exemption from the rage and havoc of war” and to harmony between individuals. But that isn’t the peace Jesus was talking about in the Upper Room the night before his crucifixion. He knew his followers would face conflict and persecution after his ascension into heaven.
When Jesus said, “My peace I give you,” he was talking about inner tranquility that is unaffected by outward circumstances. This peace is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22). This peace allows us to maintain a calm, godly perspective in the midst of chaos, conflict, and stress.
Because the Holy Spirit lives within us, he illuminates truth and exposes lies. He also reminds us of all the promises Jesus made when he was on earth (John 14:26). One of those promises he gave in the Upper Room: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
When we are steadied with truth and Jesus’s promises, we have a firm foundation of trust and faith to stand on. Assured of our eternal inheritance and security, we don’t need to be afraid. Instead, we rest within the safety of our salvation. As the writer of Hebrews says, “We have this hope [salvation] as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” (Hebrews 6:18-19).
So the next time you crave “a little peace and quiet,” turn your thoughts to God and His promises. Even if you’re in a crowded workplace or a chaotic household, the Holy Spirit can calm your spirit. And fortified with God’s peace, you’ll be equipped to handle whatever the day brings.
Read all of John 14. What other truths did Jesus remind his disciples of that night? Which of those truths and/or promises do you need to claim today?
Read Hebrews 6:13–20. According to this passage, how can we be certain God’s promises are reliable?
The apostle Paul talked about peace and contentment in Philippians 4:6–13. What do you think is the relationship between peace and contentment?
Denise K. Loock
This devotion is part of our series “Do Not Be Afraid.”
 “G1515 – eirēnē – Strong’s Greek Lexicon (NIV).” Blue Letter Bible. Accessed 9 Oct, 2020. https://www.blueletterbible.org//lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G1515&t=NIV