We Have the Peace of the Lord

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.

John 14:27

At the time in which we live not everyone understands the meaning of the word peace. In many countries there are active conflicts that keep the population in distress. It is difficult to speak of peace to Iraqis or Syrians when they have been mired in war for years. It is difficult to talk peace to Colombians who have been affected for decades by irregular armed groups and criminal organizations. It is difficult to speak of peace to Mexicans and Central Americans affected by drug trafficking and gangs. But in John 14:27, Jesus tells us that gives us a different peace to what the world calls peace.

Philippians 4:7 tells us how is that peace of which Jesus spoke is, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. The peace that the Lord gives us is above human logic. It is the peace that can have a Syrian Christian while being beheaded by an Islamic State terrorist just because he would not renounce his faith and convert to Islam. That is the same peace that had Stephen as he was being stoned or Daniel when he was thrown into the pit with lions.

The peace that Jesus gives us is that our heart will not be troubled or afraid. Any believer can be part of that peace. I can attest to it and an example occurred in 2005. The hurricane season in the Atlantic this year was the most active in history. Four hurricanes reached Category 5 that year and Wilma was one of them, which keeps track of the most intense Atlantic hurricane of all time and one of the 10 most intense tropical cyclones. That monster of wind and rain was supposed to pass through South Florida where I lived.

Most of my life I’ve lived in places hit by hurricanes, so against Wilma I already knew what I was up against. Before I suffered in the flesh strong tropical systems like David 1979 in the Dominican Republic, 1998 Georges in Puerto Rico or Frances 2004 in the same Florida. The difference from Wilma was his greatest strength and my house was crowded and under contract of sale in October 2005. If any damage happened to my house, the sale could be canceled.

When wind and heavy downpours began, I gathered all my family in the safest place in the house and I encouraged them to sing songs of praise to God. For hours all in the house were singing the Lord while outside lashing winds over 100 mph and torrential rain fell. During that time, the Lord answered our praise giving us your peace that surpassed all understanding. It was not logical that we were in peace while in a house without windows protection for such strong winds.

After the storm passed, we could see that there was great damage in our neighborhood. About 700 feet from us a tornado blew the roofs of dozens of homes. Our roof did not lose a single tile. But most important of all was that God kept us in peace while passing the danger. That peace that the Lord gave my family and me, it can give to anyone who believes Him and His promises. Do you want it? God bless you.

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