Peace on Earth Day 17 – Christmas Selah
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.” (John 14:1, NKJV)
In this passage, the Lord Jesus is conveying the longing of His heart—that our hearts would not be troubled, that we would find rest in believing in Him, and that we would be at peace.
It is interesting to think about the connection between “belief” and “peace,” especially in a season when we hear a lot of well-intended festive greetings warmly proclaiming, “Let there be peace on earth” and, “If we just believe!” Our hearts hunger for hope. We long for a true sense of peace, but we may not always pause to consider the focus of our belief.
What will give us the quiet confidence that transforms our hearts from “troubled” to “at rest”? That confidence can only come from the focus of our faith—in Christ alone!
The Lord Jesus is saying that if we believe in God, His Father, we will also believe in Him, the Son whom the Father sent to be our Savior. We will believe He is God in the flesh, EMMANUEL, God with us. We will believe He came to complete the plan of redemption for us. We will believe that when He said, “It is finished,” He finalized that plan of redemption and secured eternal life for us. We will believe that we are safe, adopted into His family, cared for, known, and loved. We will believe, with confidence, that His words are true, that nothing can ever snatch us from the Father’s hand or threaten all He has secured on our behalf.
We can rest. No matter what jolts us today, the eternally significant matters of our hearts are secure—in our Savior! How might the reality of these truths wash over you in fresh waves of peace and joy and confident hope today?