John 14:22-31: I love John 14 where Jesus knew His followers so well that He knew they would need someone to help them through the hard days to come. He knew His time had come and He had a job to do in giving His life for our sin, but He also knew that His disciples still needed someone who would teach them, guide them, speak into their lives.
John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”
Even with this promise the disciples found themselves anxious. How would they make it without their leader? Who would show the way? Would they be the next to die? Jesus sensed their anxieties and He said
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
Though these words were intended for Jesus’ disciples, they are also true for you and me. We don’t have to wait for this Helper to come. He is the Spirit of God that comes into our hearts when we trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord. He speaks to us as He did to the disciples of old teaching us, leading us, and reminding us of what we read in God’s word.
We also have a peace that the world cannot give. This peace comes from the knowledge that one day we will be with Jesus. The world is coming to an end and we have reservations on the winning side. So our days should be preparation days for the great celebration yet to come. Keeping our eyes on this will help us navigate wisely the waters we find ourselves in. Until He returns, may we all be found faithfully obedient to His will and at peace.