And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
God’s peace is the opposite of human anxiety. And it comes when we call on God from hearts that are fully devoted to Christ and his Word. By committing our cares to God, we can determine not to worry about them because they are now his concern. And there are three things that we need to understand about God’s peace.
- This peace is an inner sense of claim and assurance delivered from Christ by the Holy Spirit within us. It is not based on emotions or circumstances, but on the solid foundation of our relationship with God. It involves a firm confidence that Jesus is near and that God’s love will be active in our lives for our good.
- When we commit our troubles and concerns to God in prayer, his peace will stand guard at the door of our hearts and minds, preventing the cares, worries and heartaches of life from troubling our lives and robbing us of our hope in Christ.
- If fear and anxiety return, we can go to God in prayer with a thankful heart, and once again he will send his peace to guard our hearts. Under God’s “protective custody,” we will again feel safe and be able to rejoice in the Lord.
Today’s Bible Readings:
Numbers 15:17-16:40, Mark 15, Psalm 54:1-7 and Proverbs 11:5-6