John 14:25-28 New King James Version (NKJV)
25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 28 You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.
Jesus has just broken bread with the Disciples for the last time. He is speaking to just them. After being with the multitudes for days, He retires to the upper room with just the Disciples. This act is powerful and could be the topic of a devotion itself. A few years ago I used to tell the kids of my youth group, “Jesus sought the sinners because they needed to hear the Truth, but He also surrounded Himself with the Disciples. You shouldn’t hide from the world because we are to spread the Truth and be the Salt and Light, but you should also surround yourself with other believers.”
For a while now, Jesus has been telling them He is going to leave. Not just leave, but die. They were confused and wondering why. He tells them “I am going to prepare a place” and that He will return. So, to comfort them, He explains that He will leave us Peace through the Holy Spirit.
His Peace is perfect, not a fleeting one, but a lasting one. This peace is supernatural and can’t be explained or given by the world. It only comes through the Helper, that is, the Holy Spirit. This perfect peace “surpasses all understanding.” (Phil 4:9). Through this Peace, God gives us answers. How often have we felt such a peace when praying for answers?
I got that peace many a time when praying for my wife before we were married. We met in college. I was a 5th-year student, (I just loved college…. yeah) she was a freshman. We were both studying music. How we met is a different story entirely with an equally powerful message. I fell in love quickly. She, however, wasn’t having it. You see, she was psychologically asexual. She explained it to me. She never planned on dating, or getting married or ever being in any sort of relationship ever. It wasn’t “I am more focused on my career” or anything like that. It was a true lack of desire or attraction to anyone.
I was okay with it. When she told me, after asking her out the first time, I wasn’t even upset. Perfect peace was over me. We continued being friends, and eventually, we were inseparable. It was always funny because I never hid my feelings for her, she knew the whole time. We always laughed about it, especially now. People would say to me, “you know it’s obvious you’re in love with her. You’re not hiding it at all.” They were nearly always shocked when I told them I wasn’t trying to hide it.
For 6 years we remained friends. There were times I was pained by it, and I would pray to God for it. I kept getting this perfect peace. It said, “wait.” So I did. Until about 4 years ago. We had a mutual friend who I got along with greatly. My (future) wife was immediately comfortable around her and was able to completely be herself, which was odd, so quickly. I decided to ask this girl on a date. I was up-front with her about it just being a single date. It wasn’t anything serious. She didn’t give me an answer, so I told her it’s okay, and we remained friends.
This, however, got my wife thinking about things. What’s funny is that she realized if I went out with this other girl, she would have to sit differently on the couch. She couldn’t sit next to me anymore! That started the change that God made in her. A few months later, we started dating, and then we were married a few months after that.
The tears came from the flesh, the peace from the Spirit.
The Peace from the Spirit is what got me through it. I won’t say there weren’t tears, but there was more peace than tears. The tears came from the flesh, the peace from the Spirit. I read this morning in another blog, “God gives us one of three answers to a prayer: Yes, not yet, or I have something better for you.” When He gives you a “not yet” He also sends a peace to you, to get through it. Let this peace be an answer.
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Strive to listen to the Spirit’s answer. Pray, “God, let me hear Your Voice through the Spirit. Let me put away the things of the flesh and the world so I can listen to your Voice. Grant me this Peace in the waiting period, and help me to seek Your Will always.”