Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. (See John 14:27)
Peace. Shalom as Jesus would have most likely said it, means perfect peace and being able to maintain a cool head no matter the situation. It’s much more than “peace, man” like a hippie says in hopes that someone doesn’t drop the bomb or take away his precious “glaucoma medicine.” This kind of peace, this shalom, overpowers every feeling in our bodies and makes us as cool as a cucumber at all times.
Got fired? So, God will provide another. Maybe it will pay better.
Got a cold? So, God’s will is not for you to be sick. Get up off your mat and walk.
Whatever the case, and as hard as it may be to lean back on Jesus and allow His type of peace, it is the answer to overcome our ability to make mountains out of molehills and worry ourselves sick.
And where Jesus speaks about “not as the world gives you” comparing His peace with worldly peace: The world doesn’t offer any free peace, and the peace you have to sacrifice or give up something else for isn’t lasting, it’s fleeting, and it won’t overcome any hardship for long.
Think about it: How long does a stiff drink make you forget your problems? If anything, it gives you one more to worry about the next morning.