In the devotion I was reading this morning, I immediately noticed the multitude of times the word PEACE had been added to the day’s reading.
From the shared verse (John 14:27) to the lesson, the word had been used 21 times. At first count, there were 20, but something told me to look again…I found one more.
21 seemed relevant but I wasn’t exactly sure why. So I looked up the significance of the number 21 in regards to the bible. Needless to say, I didn’t get the answer I was looking for. I don’t really know what I expected but since my word was PEACE, I thought I would find something a little fluffier than “exceeding sinfulness of sin”. Another source says this:
“…the great wickedness of rebellion and sin.” Later on saying, “…beginning a new level or effort that is sinful and disobedient against God.”
Guess I hadn’t expected sin and disobedience to somehow describe my discovery of PEACE. Ah! But in that sentence lies the very answer that God may just have spoken [to me] about this very message.
In John 14, Jesus was preparing his friends after their last supper together. Perhaps one of the greatest things he reminded us is that we can experience a “sense of well-being in the midst of hardship.”
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do no let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
When I thought about what the Holy Spirit might trying to reveal to me, I thought of two, very important things. Both have significant meaning to me at this very time in my life.
The first thing He revealed is that He has given me a Spirit of PEACE. Amidst the turmoil in the world, I am able to have PEACE – true and total PEACE – in Him. Any time I let the problems of this world affect my mood, I must remember this gift that He gave me in such a time as this.
Secondly, He reminded me that sin and disobedience do affect my PEACE. Distractions and deterring from a plan that keeps me alongside Him strips me of the very PEACE He so graciously promised.
So now what?
God’s trying to tell me something and I really want to listen. It’s like an old television show with the word of the day. My word of the day is PEACE and I will carry it with me today, just like it was part of my outfit. Then tomorrow, I’ll get up and do the same thing, maybe even writing a card and sitting it next to my bed so that the first thing I see in the morning is a note that says PEACE.
I don’t know if this message was just for me or if it’s meant for you as well but I certainly do believe that God’s PEACE is promised to us all. Regardless of your situation or the outcome, you have been given a PEACE beyond all understanding. Take that gift and use it to set your mind free – free of distractions, free of disturbances and free from the disobedience that is bringing you farther away from your Heavenly Father.
I pray that today, you experience PEACE like you haven’t found in so long.