John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my father’s house are many mansions… I go to prepare a place for you.
John 14:27 Peace 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… I go away, and come again unto you.
Our world may fall apart, and persecution may come. Heartache and heart break will, no doubt, arise during our tenure on this earth. But I’m thankful that in the midst of it all, with Christ, we have an advocate and Comforter. He says “let not your heart be troubled” twice in this chapter. He further shows His desire for us to have inner peace in the face of it all. But here’s the unique thing He says about the peace we ought to have – it’s “not as the world giveth” peace. It’s a peace the world cannot have, and for the following reason:
If you look at the context of both of these verses, our peace in found in the realization that one day, despite what’s going on down here, and despite our losses and heartaches, ONE DAY – yes, one glorious day, He’s coming back to get us. One day, we’ll see mansions that He’s prepared for us. One day, it’ll all be over. One day, we’ll be whole, and perfect, and forever more with Him. One day, the tears will be gone. One day, our “toil here below” will end in eternal rest and rejoicing. One day, we’ll see loved ones gone before. One day, the devil will be bound and cast away, never more to torment and accuse and discourage and cast down. And when I realize that that day is very real and very imminent, I can have a peace that the world will never know.
Might we find our peace this morning in the fact that He’s preparing a place for us now. Let us live today with “that day” in mind. For when we do, we can follow His exhortation to “let not your heart be troubled.”