"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." (John 14:27)
For the longest time, I used to run to other people to make me feel at peace.
Oftentimes, I would run my fears and worries through other people, usually my mother and father.
For a short while, that worked.
Then I found that even their calmest assurances were not enough.
They never could be.
Consider also this passage:
"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you." (1 Peter 5:6-7)
Notice how Peter exhorts his fellow believers to keep casting our cares on Him.
We should not be looking to other people to calm our hearts. We must not go about casting our cares on other people.
There is only One to whom we must cast our cares, and His name is Jesus!
"28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30For my yoke iseasy, and my burden is light." (Matthew 11: 28-30)
Jesus did not say: "Go to your friends and neighbors with your troubles." Jesus did not say: "Run to your pastor with your problems."
He said "Come to me."
Why will we not do that?
Because we do not believe that He cares for us.
Because we do not believe that He has already bequeathed His peace to us.
We need to believe Him! We need to see Him as He is, so that we may rest in His peace!