Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
Thomas had questions. Philip had a plea. Judas had concerns. Living on this side of heaven has its share of all three. Before we ask, plead, or worry our mission is to receive the gift that only Heaven offers.
Troubled hearts tend to focus on tangible fixes to fear. The peace of our Savior breaks down the high wall of worry that keeps us from reaching the green pastures of the Spirit-filled life; that perfect place where living water washes away our dread. The world presents many attractive gifts: mansions, sports cars, designer clothes, vacation getaways. Alluring and brightly wrapped, each comes with an expiration date. At some point, world-given gifts lose their luster and the promised pleasure turns to dust and scatters.
Not so with Heaven’s offer. Jesus began describing this eternal gift before the questions, concerns and pleas of human weakness were ever imagined. Question: “Lord, we don’t know where you are going…” Heaven’s Offer: “I am the way and the truth and the life.” (v.6) Plea: “Show us the Father …” Answer: “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” (v.9) Concern: “Lord why show yourself to us and not to the world?” Response: “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching.” (v.23)
Are you in a place like Thomas, asking “Where are you God?” Maybe you’re at the end of your rope and challenges are all you can muster: God, give me something to hold onto! The eternal offer still stands. King David felt the same way: “Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress.; be merciful to me and hear my prayer.” (Psalm 4:1) Perhaps the days are glorious but guilt sets in: I don’t deserve these blessings. Don’t be afraid.
Believe, and receive Jesus. He’s the only thing that matters!