Complete Peace


“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulations; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33


Everyone in the world knows the word “peace.” We all want world peace, and we all pray for world peace. I love the scene in Miss Congeniality when all the contestants are directed to answer the question, “What is the one most important thing our society needs?” Inevitably, each contestant’s answer is the same: “world peace.” The idea of peace has almost become a joke, because it is so far from reality.


As a mother, I see all the world events playing out before my eyes, and I often fear for the safety of my children and husband. I become so overwhelmed by the lack of unity and peace in our destructive and hate-filled world. Then, I find a quiet moment to read the Bible, and the Holy Spirit brings me the comfort I’ve so desperately desired.


After reading John 16:33, I can know that even in a world filled with tribulation, we can still find peace. Peace isn’t the absence of trouble. Terror and tribulation are unfortunately becoming regular occurrences. Peace is, instead, the understanding that Christ is present even in the midst of trials! I’m going to have troubles, but it’s a comfort to know I have God on my side. He loves me, He cares for me, and He alone brings me peace.


At the end of the day, I know that my family is in God’s hands. I can rest easy, knowing that even in a world where peace is a joke, my children and husband are safe in the care of Christ. That brings me peace; complete peace!


Do you have complete peace?



Lord, I know that many times my mind wanders to situations of trouble that could harm my family. Thank You for reminding me that I can have peace when I remain focused on Your presence. Thank You for being present, even in the middle of our troubles. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.



Lisa Northington
Deacon's Wife at Cornerstone Baptist Church