Peace is understandable if everything is going well. Yet scripture teaches that peace can be felt in spite of circumstances. This is a deeply spiritual thing, because it challenges logic for peace to be felt in bad times. God grants inner strength that can confound circumstances.
When I was an infant I fell into a swimming pool. I didn’t know how to swim. My Dad saw me fall and immediately jumped in and propelled me safely to the surface. I still have a strong memory of that happening. I know that I felt fear as I entered the pool, and that fear completely disappeared when I felt Dad’s hands.
I don’t recall words that occurred to me at that time, but I remember how I felt: as long as Dad was there, I didn’t have to worry. He was there to rescue me and also there to tell me how to avoid another such incident.
To me, this is like the inner peace that Jesus has promised. This peace doesn’t shelter us from experiencing hard times. In fact, we mostly draw on it in hard times. God doesn’t promise easy, good times for all our days but offers hope and peace in trying times. When you’re upset or worried, remember God’s peace is nearby, whether it is a tough day or the moment He calls us heavenward.
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. John 14:27