You are not alone and you do not have to figure out life on your own.
Take time in solitude to meditate on this truth, and I trust you will discover a deep comfort you have yet to experience. This comfort and freedom from fear is available for those who abide in Jesus.
He calls it… peace.
In this life, fear springs from believing that we are alone in this world, believing that something is wrong with us, and believing that we are going to be punished for our wrongs (1 John 4:18). In fear, we try to provide for ourselves and to protect ourselves. This has been reality since the days of Adam and Eve’s willing departure from their Maker. Mankind made war with God, and yet, God makes peace with us through Jesus Christ (Rom 5:1). He makes peace by taking the punishment for our wrong upon Himself so that we can return to fellowship with Him, no longer alone (Isa 53:5).
When we receive Jesus, we are joined with the One who is eternal peace and life. We no longer have to try to make life work. We can abide in the One who knows all things and has all resources, able to keep us even in death. This is peace that passes understanding.
In John chapter fourteen, as Jesus was preparing to exit the earth and return to His Father, He assured the disciples they would not be left alone, but that they would be given the Holy Spirit to abide with them forever.
“I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you (John 14:18).”
Orphans are those who have no parents. This is a fatherly statement assuring them they will not be alone. Jesus identifies this promise as true peace. A few verses later, Jesus says,
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27).”
As we read on, we see that Jesus continues this message in chapters fifteen and sixteen.
In chapter fifteen, Jesus used the imagery of the vine and branches to further assure the disciples that they would not be alone, and in chapter sixteen, He goes on to tell the disciples that they would all scatter from Him, leaving Him to face the crucifixion alone. But still He says, “…And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me (John 16:32).” Jesus was at peace even in facing death, He said, because He knew He was not alone.
Jesus summarized all that He said in chapters fourteen through sixteen with these words,
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world (John 16:33).”
Lasting peace is not found in our circumstances and relationships with other individuals around us. Lasting peace is found in Jesus, the Prince of Peace, and in knowing that in relationship with God, we are no longer alone.
I believe being alone is the deepest human fear. But by the Holy Spirit, we have been joined to our Maker again (I Cor 6:17). We have peace with God. We no longer have to face this life alone (14:16-18; 15:1-16; 16:32-33).
However, lasting peace is not possible where sin is present. God says that there is no peace for the wicked. In Jeremiah’s day, false prophets prophesied peace and safety while in reality, destruction awaited them. In 1 Thessalonians 5, Paul spoke of the same fate for the unrighteous. But for the just and the righteous ones at the end of the age, Jesus as the Prince of peace will lead a government ever increasing in peace that will fill the earth as the waters cover the sea (Isa 9:6-7). He will draw an end to all war (Psa 46). Outside of a relationship with Jesus is a troubled and fearful heart leading to war with God and with fellow mankind in agreement with Satan. But the abiding relationship that Jesus invites mankind into is filled His lasting peace.
Choose to abide and to rest in the promise that you are not alone. Choose to receive the peace you have with God because of your union with Him in Jesus Christ.