Today’s Scripture: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27

When Jesus told his disciples, “Peace I leave with you,” I’m sure they looked around and wondered, “Where is this peace?” Uncertainty and unrest surrounded them on every side. Governments were unstable. The economy went up and down, and their Master would soon be arrested and crucified.

Sound familiar? Jesus offers this same peace, but when you look around the world, it doesn’t look too promising, does it? All you must do is read the first five news stories, and you’ll soon be filled with fear.

However, the peace that Jesus offered his disciples and that He offers you and I is a different kind of peace. “Not the peace that the world gives,” He said. Instead, Jesus offers rest for our souls. A certain solid faith during trying circumstances.

This peace is what separates the Christian from everyone else. The Christian still experiences hardship, trial, persecution, and suffering. The Christian reads the same news stories. The Christian knows what is happening around him. Yet he has this rest deep within his soul—an assurance that God is in control, that life is not random, and that one day the Lord will come as the Prince of Peace to sort everything out.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder