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The Peace that Passes Understanding
Peace seems like such an elusive commodity today. After all, it seems we are surrounded by ever-increasing chaos and turmoil with no end in sight. What are believers to do in a climate like we are facing today? We are to strive to experience the peace of God. Note, not peace with God, which is something quite different. But the peace of God. It is a peace that only comes from Him, the peace He also experienced while on earth, the indescribable, supernatural peace of God.
Paul tells us exactly how to find this peace. Consider the following:
Philippians 4:6-7 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and (the promise) the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
But what kind of peace is that? And how can I experience that promised peace? Is it something I muster up myself? Or is it something I internalize myself? Or does it, like faith, come from outside of myself? And, if so, how can I obtain this peace of God?
How Can I Experience the Peace of God?
Great questions. But the answer is simple. The peace of God is a gift from our Lord, left to each of us as a part of our inheritance in Him. It is the peace Jesus personally experienced while on earth, facing untold trials, tribulation, betrayals, and spiritual attacks. And He gives us, as a gift, this very peace as a promise— a promise so wonderful it cannot be described or even understood.
Notice what our Lord said about how to experience the peace of God.
John 14:27 – “Peace (what) I leave with you, My peace (what) I give to you; (contrast) not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Jesus is going away and His disciples are troubled (John 13:33-36). But He promised to leave them a gift, something that helped Him persevere during His dark days. And that was His peace. Not peace like the world gives, which is primarily a lack of conflict and is temporary at best. But a peace that passes all understanding (Phil. 4:7). His peace. The peace of God.
Do you realize the peace of God is also offered to you? It is part of your birthright as a child of God and a joint-heir with Christ (Rom. 8:17). All we have to do is receive this gift to experience the peace of God. Are you ready? Then keep listening.