“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; I do not give it to you as the world does.” – John 14:27a
Jesus promises his peace to us. The kind of peace Jesus can give us is different from the worldly peace. It will withstand the fiercest storms of life.
The worldly peace is usually the lack of conflict. Even though that is important, external peace is not enough. The supernatural peace only Jesus can give us is about being complete. The Hebrews word for peace is shalom which conveys the sense of wholeness.
God’s supernatural peace comes from the fact that your relationship with God is now whole in Jesus. There is no condemnation in Christ. God is your Father who is for you and not against you. He loves you with unchanging love and has the best for you in mind now and for all eternity. Throughout your life on earth, God is walking with you and training you to become more like Jesus in every way and to be heirs with Christ. He knows you completely, and you can know Him more and more forever.
Because of this relationship with God, you are a new creation in Christ. You are not only new but complete in Christ. Even though we will not experience the fullness of our new self until Jesus returns in power and glory, we can certainly begin to live out of our true selves now with the confident assurance that we are complete in Christ.
One day, either you will die and be in His glorious presence forever or the Lord Jesus will return in glory. God will be with us forever. “Look! The residence of God is among human beings. He will live among them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will not exist any more—or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things have ceased to exist” (Revelation 21:3-4).
You are in good fellowship with Him, and He wants you on His team to accomplish His plan not only for humanity but also for all creation.
When you acknowledge and embrace the truth that your new self in Christ is complete, you can experience the supernatural peace Jesus is talking about.
Because the source of this peace is God and in your relationship with Him through Christ, you will not have to lose it. “Let the peace of Christ be in control in your heart (for you were in fact called as one body to this peace), and be thankful” (Colossians 3:15).
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” – Isaiah 26:3
To have His peace be in control of you, you need to keep your eyes on Jesus to remain in His peace and not on the situations around you. Peter was able to walk on the water as long as his gaze was fixed on Jesus. The moment he saw the waves, he began to sink. He lost peace because he took his eyes off of Jesus. No matter how rough the waves may be in your life, God can empower you to face them with His perfect peace that transcend all understanding.