Meditation Monday // Peace that surpasses understanding // Philippians 4:7
This Monday I’m meditating on Philippians 4:7 which says,
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
If you walked into my house over the past few weeks. It would seem anything but peaceful. In fact, I’ve sat down to write this post many times, only to be interrupted by greater needs. Sicknesses in the midst of house projects and renovations seemed to have left my home in a chaotic mess. And when my home is disorderedly, so it appears, is my heart. So this verse has been very timely for me in this season of sickness and renovations.
I think it’s important to point out the verses that preface Philippians 4:7, which read:
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
Our cares are numerous and, therefore, let our prayers be as numerous. According to these verses, we are to turn everything that is a care into a prayer! He is near to hear our prayers. He is near to comfort us. Nothing can separate us from his love (Romans 8:37–39).
Instead of placing our hope in a “quick fix" for the unrest in our hearts, be encouraged that we can have peace amidst our trials. Whether dealing with the unknowns of the future or the chaos and overwhelm of the present, Jesus is our ever-present Peace.
When you feel tempted to spiral into a sea of anxiety, present your requests to God. He cares for you and He walks with you, and He holds all things together. You are free to trust an unknown tomorrow to a known God.
When the feeling of unrest settles in and you feel yourself unraveling, be reminded that you can have peace apart from your circumstances. You can walk in confidence that the Lord is good and He goes before you. You are free to rest in the promise of His Peace.
It is this very Peace that guards our hearts and minds from becoming bitter and overridden with sins against the very character of God. When we’re tempted to question God and His sovereignty, be encouraged by this quote from Charles Spurgeon,
“You may fear that the Lord has passed you by, but it is not so: he who counts the stars, and calls them by their names, is in no danger of forgetting his own children. He knows your case as thoroughly as if you were the only creature he ever made, or the only saint he ever loved. Approach him and be at peace.”
If you have a real fellowship with the living God and constantly, as a habit, live beneath the shadow of the wings of the Almighty, then you will enjoy a peace that will make others wonder and make you yourself marvel, too, even, “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding.” May God grant it to you, dear readers.
And may you be able to trust Him today with your fears and unknowns, resting in the peace that only He can offer.
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