Happy Wednesday! It is December 6, 2023. We often hear the phrase at Christmas time: "Peace on earth, goodwill to men!" It was the angels’ greeting to the shepherds in Luke 2. Yet, we live in a world without much peace. Even for Christ followers, "peace" can be elusive and just out of our reach. However, there is a KEY to God’s peace, and it’s not something you get; it’s something you give up. Read on…
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7)
Paul is in prison as he writes to the saints in Philippi, so he knows what it is like to be confined and facing execution. Therefore, his words are neither casual nor meant for mere conversation. He cuts to the chase, telling it straight. The book begins with Paul effusing with thankfulness, but then he gets down to the business of living a life worthy of the Gospel.
For those who tend to worry, here’s the key: if we can make this one switch and exchange prayer and thanksgiving for worry and fret, our prayer life should skyrocket! Pray to the same extent that we would have been worrying!
Often, my worry begins because I don’t have the whole story. I see through a keyhole and make judgments about the outcome, and it’s usually the worst-case scenario.
There will be many things in life we will not fully understand, and if we think we need to know everything about everything, God’s peace will always be elusive. Why? Because God’s peace surpasses our understanding; it comes only if we are okay with not comprehending everything!
If we need to understand before we can believe, obey, or accept, then God’s peace will always be tenuous and just out of our reach. Leave the final answer to Him.
Dear Father, I need Your peace that transcends my ability to understand everything. I cannot see the future nor have a clear view of everyone’s situation, maturity levels, or battles. I cannot claim to know the totality of Your plan. However, I do have Your promise that You are in control and work all things out for good in my life. With that assurance, I will be fine, even though I cannot answer all the questions. Nevertheless, I can be a worthy recipient of Your peace! Having received Your peace, I will be a far better counselor and friend to those experiencing struggles.