“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
How can one have the peace of God which surpasses all understanding? How is this possible?
I would love some of this peace right now. The protests continue. There is trouble and turmoil in the Middle East. Covid-19 shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, cases are spiking again all over the country. Many, including myself, are already tired of not seeing our friends and family.
I really could use this peace. How can we experience this peace? How can we make this peace a reality in our lives?
The first word of the verse of the day is important because the “and” that starts our sentence tells us that our sentence is dependent on what preceded our verse. It is the previous verse that gives us the key to having the peace of God which surpasses all understanding.
Want to know what it says?
“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God” (Philippians 4:6).
Several interesting aspects:
- Do not worry about anything…How? How does one do this? Paul tells us.
- Pray. Instead of worrying everything, pray about everything.
- Don’t just pray. Pray with thanksgiving.
- Isn’t that interesting? Paul tells us to pray with thanksgiving even before God answers.
- The reason why we can pray with thanksgiving even before God answers prayers is because no matter how God answers our prayers, God will do only what is loving, kind, and best for us.
- Isn’t that great?!?! No matter what the answer to our prayer is, it will always be the most loving, most kind, and absolutely the best thing for us!!!
It is because of the kind of God we have that we can have the peace that surpasses all understanding, and it is this knowledge that will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Christ Jesus is the ultimate manifestation of God’s love and will for us.
Man! I already feel better having studied this verse. Thank you God!!!