“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.” –John 14:27 NIV
Have you ever gone into a situation and got a different outcome than the one you expected? The word “expect” means that you regard with great likelihood that something will happen. Most of our expectations come from life experience.
Different situations probably taught you what you can expect from life and others. These instances may have taught you that everyone in life will let you down. Instead of expecting that the world will let you down, expect that the Holy Spirit will lead and guide you through it.
God rarely operates in the manner the world expects and He will give you His peace in all circumstances.
The word for “peace” is the same word used to describe the fruit of the Spirit. When the Spirit is with you and you follow His lead, then the peace that Jesus describes is available to you. What is this peace?
It’s a sense of calm in both your mind and heart that cannot be explained in human terms. The peace that Jesus offers and gives will often times catch you off-guard because the world teaches to expect peace only in the absence of conflict, not in the midst of it.
However, God says differently. John 14:27 says, “Do not let your heart be troubled nor let it be fearful.” Jesus knew you’d have an apprehension about the future, which is why He left you with the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you through all circumstances.
- Thank God that you are able to place all your expectations on Him rather than on the world.
- Pray to be led by the Spirit.