Not As the World Gives

Michael Beck

“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)

The wise of the world have always sought out strategies to help men find peace. One of the most ancient principles of philosophy is to let go of what you cannot control. Such a tenet has a “show of wisdom” but falls far short of what the gospel offers. The gospel connects man to an all-wise and good God, who lovingly oversees all things. When life is beyond our control it is not beyond His. “Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.” (Ps. 76:10)

God is not the author of all the painful things that can happen to us, but He is the redeemer of all. He can bring great good out of even the greatest evil. Those who love Him can rest in the knowledge that He is always working all things together for good.

The peace we have is superior to the peace the world would give us. We are not just letting go, we are casting all our cares into the hands of our wonderful God who we know and believe cares for us. Blessed assurance!

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.