The Perfect Peace Of God

December 13th, 2023 – Wednesday Evening
 
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:6-7
 
Last time, we dug into what it means to be anxious for nothing, the reason why we need not be anxious, and the solution to anxiety. Today, let’s take a look at the rest of this passage to see what God does in response to our trust-filled obedience and submission.
 
First off, what is peace? Is the peace that is being referred to here a cessation of activity or an absence of trouble? No, not likely. Is it a calmness and stillness of external circumstances or a happy, comfortable treaty with everyone around us? No, not necessarily. Ok, then, what is the peace that is being spoken of here? In this passage, and other similar uses (like Colossians 3:15, John 14:27, etc.), the Greek word translated “peace” has the idea of “the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort that is” (see Thayer’s).
 
In other words, it is the calm and undisturbed inward state of one who is content and secure in their relationship with God (through Christ), and therefore content in their earthly existence – regardless of circumstance, trial, or trouble. [Now, this doesn’t mean that we do not make every effort to live at peace with those around us – actually, we are commanded to do just that; however, even when earthly peace is impossible (because of others’ rejection of Christ in us or their persecution of us because of Christ), we can still be undisturbed when we are rightly aligned with our Father.] This kind of peace is truly out of this world (it is far superior than and above understanding) and it is promised to those who refuse to fall to anxiety because their hope and trust is in the living God.
 
On top of that, God’s perfect peace acts as a military garrison around our hearts and minds; through His peace, our undisturbed and calm souls are kept and protected. This means that if we say no to anxiety and its roots – clinging to and trusting our faithful Father – the storms of life may hurl themselves upon us, seeking to waylay us and destroy our faith, but they will do us no harm because we have a refuge and strong defense: Our peace is found in the Solid Rock of ages – and He never changes or slips; our souls will be held fast and kept safe, come what may.
 
So what about it? Are you at peace? In a world of sin and the chaos, trouble, and sorrow it brings, are you in a tranquil state? My beloved friends, God’s Word cannot fail as it finds its source in the Great I Am; let us turn our eyes away from ourselves and our problems and look to Him who is our sure and steadfast Hope. His grace will sustain us and His peace will keep us as we walk with Him!