John 14:27 says, “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.”
Peace in Hebrew is shalom and it includes “well-being, health, prosperity”, not just peace in the usual sense. The peace that Jesus left behind for us is literally His health and prosperity too! So when He said, “My shalom I leave with you”, He bequeathed to us as an inheritance, His very own health and prosperity too.
Now, the world promises peace as well. The world says, “If you listen to soft new-age music, turn down the lights, burn some incense and practise meditation, you too can feel peaceful.”
But guess what? It is all just emotional.Once the music stops, once the incense stops burning and the lights come back on, the peace ends. Why?
Because it is all outward peace, not inner peace.
Only Jesus gives true and lasting inner peace. And the peace of Jesus is strong, abiding and unaffected by outward circumstances. If your peace is affected by outward circumstances, then it is not peace.
Peter knew what real peace was. He was arrested, put in prison and bound
with two chains. But “constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church”. (Acts 12:5) I believe this means that the church prayed in tongues for him. They prayed constantly for his deliverance.
That night, while Peter was sleeping, “an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, ‘Arise quickly!’And his chains fell off his hands”. (Acts 12:7)
You see, Peter must have been in such a deep sleep that the angel had to hit him to wake him up! This angel (this heavenly being) came from the presence of God in answer to prayer and the man was sleeping on the night of his trial and possible execution! That is real peace, friend!
Some of you can’t sleep the night before you are to give a presentation at work or at school. Some of you can’t sleep the night before the doctor’s report is due. Peter was about to be tried and probably executed the very next day, yet he could sleep so well!
If he had depended on nice-smelling aromatherapy oils, he wouldn’t have found peace because the prison would have been smelly! If he had depended on soothing new-age music, he wouldn’t have found peace because he would have heard the groans and curses of the prisoners! No, Peter relied on the peace that Jesus bequeathed to him and he slept peacefully.
This reminds me of another Man (Jesus) who slept in a boat in the middle of a great storm. (Mark 4:38) All the others were panicking around him. Yet, like Peter in the prison, Jesus was sleeping.
Beloved, I hope this message blessed you as you flow in the true shalom that Jesus Christ bequeathed us with. This message is from a powerful book titled ‘spiritual welfare’ by Joseph Prince. I just had to share with y’all because it really blessed me.