Peace is not the absence of trouble.

It’s a common misconception that when one becomes surrendered to Jesus, their life will magically become perfect. If your life isn’t perfect, you must be doing something wrong. Even if we don’t preach this in our churches, followers of Jesus seem to have an unwritten rule that says we must act as if our lives are perfect. Why do we do this?

It goes against the basics of scripture, from the lives of those in the Bible to the very words of Jesus. He said in John 16:33, that we would have trouble. It comes with living and breathing on this planet.

So how is it that we can have peace?

It’s all about staying aware of God’s presence. When the disciples were in their fishing boat about to die in the storm, Jesus slept on a pillow in the bow. What a picture of peace. They had to wake him up to scream at him, “Don’t you care that we’re done for?”

Jesus had peace for the very same reason that we can have peace. We are not alone. The Father was with Jesus. Jesus is with us. He has promised to never leave us.

The important point I want to make is this; Just because we have trouble, doesn’t mean Jesus has left us. Jesus is our peace smack-dab in the middle of it. When I feel panic start to rise in my throat I have to fix my eyes on Jesus. It may seem like he is sleeping through your trial, but that’s only because he is never afraid.  He is never caught off-guard.

May we cling to Jesus in the bow of our boat. May we have the faith to rest when all the world is panicking. May we take courage and say, “In Jesus’ name, peace be still.” – Even if we’re only speaking to our own heart.

Jesus has overcome the world. Let’s make that the rule among believers. No, our lives aren’t free of trouble, but Jesus is our Captain and he brings us through.

Grace upon grace,

Karelin