In John 14: 27 Jesus says, “peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
This verse reminds us that our hearts are always looking for something that would give us peace, that would make us happy and secure. One could say that for teenagers this search is even more intense as they navigate various changes in their lives, begin to solidify thoughts and beliefs, and discover who they are and who they could be.
In the midst of all these uncertainties, teenagers are looking for peace. Unfortunately, they look for peace in the things of the world—popularity, appearances, lies, entertainment—where they can only maybe find a taste of peace that vanishes immediately. When teens don’t find peace in these things, their uncertainties and fears grow, trapping them in vicious cycles of hopelessness, as they live in a world that has only the temporary to offer.
Jesus offers us His peace. It’s a perfect peace that faithfully journeys with us on ever path we walk in this life. Jesus’ peace promises to fill us completely, and satisfy completely the many needs our hearts have. Jesus gifts us a peace that attacks every fear that we could have, bringing us back to the green pastures where we enjoy the presence of our God. The peace of Jesus is the answer we are looking for, and the answer teenagers are looking for.
Let’s pray this peace for the young people with whom we are working with, that they might know for themselves the God of love, truth, and grace; that their lives might be available for the King’s use.