A state of tranquility

Published 8:59 am Saturday, February 10, 2018

By MaQuettia “Denise” Ledet

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.

Webster says peace is a state of tranquility or quiet; freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions; or harmony in personal relations; all excellent ways to define peace. However, this scripture implies that there is another peace and even suggests that it’s greater than the latter. But, how? Could we ask for anything more than tranquility, quiet, freedom in thoughts, and harmonious relationships?

Meditating on the phrase “not as the world giveth” I wondered what was so grand or unique about this peace. Then the phrase “My peace” began to ring in my heart and mind. What makes it great is that it’s His! Peace, in its common use, is finding a quiet place in the storm, finding contentment in our circumstances, and finding common ground in our relationships; all great. I don’t think He was implying we would have a peace absent of those things, but I do believe He was implying we would have a peace that possessed those attributes and much more.

There is something extraordinary about HIS PEACE! When I view God in His state of peace, I see a King. We don’t envision kings in a panic; nor do we view them content with defeat. So, He says to me and He says to you, “My peace doesn’t just quiet your atmosphere or the voice of your circumstances; My peace invades your atmosphere with assurance and confidence that things will end in your favor. My Peace quiets the voice of trouble, but it also becomes a voice to trouble. My peace implies it’s not over; when it finishes it will be what it is written or predetermined to be.”

Peace doesn’t panic, peace trusts the finishing power of God. It is that peace we see Him demonstrate when man falls in the garden. It is that same peace that we see when God’s Royal people are enslaved in Egypt, when the Hebrew boys are in a furnace, when Daniel is in the Lion’s Den, when Israel is wayward, when David in on the run, when Abraham and Sarah are childless; but most importantly it is that same peace we see when Jesus says, “I lay down my life, but I’ll be back in 3 days to pick it up!” His peace causes us to lift up our head in the midst of adversity, storms, and trials, and with great confidence declare, He WILL finish it and it WILL end well for me.” Embrace His Peace! Blessings!


MaQuettia “Denise” Ledet is Senior Leader, Impact Orange