v7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Paul is describing the peace of God. He talks about this peace being beyond us, above us and over our understanding. I think the essence of what he is saying is that this peace from God is above and beyond what we can ever find within ourselves, our own resources, other people or our circumstances. As Jesus drew towards the end of his mission on earth he sat down with those closest to him and shared words of great encouragement. Notably he said; “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27 (NLT)
Jesus is offering you a gift! Will you reach out to him and accept it. He then says don’t be troubled, don’t be agitated on the inside, don’t be afraid, don’t be timid. That’s easier said than done. But it’s easier done when we have the peace of God within us.
Nothing in the world can give us this peace! But God can, when we are JOYFUL, GENTLE, PRAYERFUL and THANKFUL. We need to press in to God these days. But then again, we have always needed to press in to God. Never underestimate the power of God in answering prayer. In 2001 we felt that prayer formed a wall for us that we could lean on when we were weary. We had such a sense that it was the prayers of the family of God that were supporting us.
In difficult times I have sometimes folded under the pressure. But I have to say, God is teaching me every day to lean in to him. What used to be a struggle is now no longer a struggle because I have developed spiritual muscles. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t always get it right. God is our Heavenly Father, and He will keep picking us up and setting us right.
Lets keep fixing our eyes on Jesus and receive His peace. Isaiah said: ‘You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!’ Isaiah 26:3
Philippians 4:7; John 14:27; Isaiah 26:3