Peace that Passes Understanding

We have a promise of peace. The Oxford dictionary describes peace as, “freedom from disturbance; or tranquillity.” Jesus continues to say, “…in the world, you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Using the words peace and tribulation is a contradiction of terms.  How can one find tranquility, or be peaceful in the midst of tribulation? Jesus knew that the peace He was talking about can’t be compared to the world’s view of peace. In fact, the Bible teaches us that God’s peace is supernatural – it’s a fruit, or nature of the Holy Spirit! No wonder it’s described as being something that surpasses all earthly understanding (Philippians 4:7).  While the world’s definition of peace means the absence or freedom from disturbance, God’s peace means tranquility in the midst of disturbance, turmoil or trouble. As believers, we can confidently rely on the supernatural peace of God to rise up strong  on the inside of us and flow like a powerful river of strength through us, in the middle of any conflict, pain, or turmoil, as long as we are in Christ Jesus. His peace keeps us secure and confident while confusion and terror rages around us. It’s a peace that come what may, the world can not take away from us because it’s rooted in the One who has already overcome the world for us, and deprived it of its power to harm us. This is our promise – the peace of God in Christ Jesus!