Peace Instead of Fear

As mothers we all know what fear feels like. An icy feeling grips our heart; we pace the floor when our child has a very high fever, or our teenager’s car has not pulled into the driveway and it is very late. How we wish for the Lord bodily beside us, saying as He did to Jairus about his daughter, “Fear not” (Luke 8:5050But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. (Luke 8:50)). How we would like to see Him personally coming to us on the rough waves with the words, “Be not afraid” (Mark 6:5050For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. (Mark 6:50)).
However, peace is much more than the absence of fear. Peace is ours because of His work on the cross. “Peace I leave with you” (John 14:2727Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)) is the peace of sins forgiven. “My peace I give unto you” (John 14:2727Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)) goes a step further. His peace can be ours! It is a shared peace with our Creator and Redeemer. This peace allows us to leave the trial in His hands, and rest in His will for the sick child or the wandering teenager.