Just a few moments before the infamous kiss that would lead Him all the way to the Cross, we find Jesus speaking to His disciples. His words?
“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, emphasis added)
Instead of complaining, ranting, or self-pitying, there He was, comforting the Twelve—as if He were not about to face the horrors of being crucified, of bearing all of humankind’s sins, of dying. Such is the peace of God: calm and confident amidst a brewing storm.
And it is a peace that He gives to each of us. A peace that will wash over our hearts even through job layoffs, price hikes, sicknesses, piled up bills, and security threats. Because surer than the world’s struggles is the truth that:
We have a God who IS. Imagine riding on a boat, the winds beating against it, without stop, as if trying to overturn it. Imagine the waves crashing against your little boat, wildly, as if trying to swallow it. Imagine how you would feel in such a situation. Panicked, afraid, perhaps terrified. Now imagine Someone telling the waves and the winds to stop. A simple, “Peace! Be still.” And they do become still. Immediately.
Powerful and mighty, that IS our God. If He could calm raging storms, wouldn’t we trust Him to calm the worries and fears that pound at our hearts?
We have a God who WILL. Imagine Him again, now nailed ‘helplessly’ on a Cross. The people jeer at Him, “He saved others; let him save himself.” The soldiers taunt Him, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.” The criminal at His side mocks Him, “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!” Not knowing that it is actually the reason why He is nailed there. To save us.
Do you find yourself asking, “If you are God, why wouldn’t You save me?” Then remember this: If He so willingly died on the Cross for us, why would He not help you now? He will.
We have a God. Or better yet, we have God. Here we need not imagine. For is not that all we will ever need to know in this world full of troubles and threats?
God, never leaving and never forsaking, ever present and ever dependable, is by our side—nay, He is IN our hearts. What, then, is there to fear? What is there to worry? So, with childlike faith, let us say, “With Christ in my vessel, I CAN smile at the storm.”