God and His promise of Peace

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:6-9

Peace of mind is something that we all want especially when we are overcome with fear and worry. We all want to be freed from circumstances that caused us to be anxious so we could enjoy life, family, friends, hobbies, church family, and leisure. Without peace, we are burdened with worries that could rob us of vigor and purpose in life. From the text, the Apostle Paul assured the believers that in Christ there is peace that surpasses all understanding. God promised those that placed their trust in Him that He will provide them peace. So the absence of peace in your life meant that you have not completely trusted Him. “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” (Isaiah 26:3). Even if at times, God seemed to be not coming through with your desire to be healed from a physical ailment, He promised you His presence so you could be strong as you deal with illness. God provides wisdom so you could understand the purpose of the suffering you are facing. “But true wisdom and power are found in God; counsel and understanding are his” (Job 12:13). Because the Holy Spirit is in you, you are able to live by faith and not worry no matter what happens. Because the Spirit is the One that empowers you to be faithful, to trust, and to yield to the Lord's will. With the Spirit you are able to trust God beyond your ability to know what will happen in your life. All things that concern your life are important to God. This is why you can bring everything to God in prayer. “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit” Romans 15:13. So when you find yourself immersed with fear and worry, remind yourself that your trials and difficulties are there to strengthen your faith in God. Jesus went through with His suffering and died on the cross because He loves you. As Paul puts it, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

Blessings,

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