God’s peace is available in every situation. God’s peace will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, who is at the core of our peace. We cannot earn or produce it on our own. The peace of God is part of the grace of God in Christ Jesus and is a free gift to us!
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
A good friend of mine was encouraging me the other day regarding the peace of God and he got me thinking about Philippians 4. Like many other things in his kingdom, the peace of God is beyond our understanding. It is also beyond our influence.
We do not have the ability to achieve the peace of God or earn the peace of God or deserve the peace of God. There is no recipe with which we can produce the peace of God in our lives.
Like so many other things in our world today, we want to harness or control the peace of God and use it when we wish. We’d love to keep it in a bottle, wouldn’t we?
The peace of God is beyond us. The peace of God transcends our understanding. In fact, God’s peace transcends all understanding.
Fortunately for us, the Apostle Paul explains to us how to get it and what it will do for us: the peace of God is available to us in every situation. God’s peace will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Ahhh, the Saviour is at the core of our peace. No wonder we cannot earn or produce it on our own. Everything related to the essential grace of God toward humanity in Christ Jesus is un-earnable and a free gift.
Peace is like that. Un-earnable. A free gift.
Our peace exists in Christ Jesus. It is not in us, except that it is in Christ Jesus who is in us. The peace of God is accessible in Jesus. If you want peace, come to him. The antidote to our anxiety is the peace of God. And so “in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Tell God about it. In every situation. Pray and petition God in a thankful stance with your requests. That’s it. Peter helps us with the idea of this transition of our problems from us to God. We hold our issues as our responsibility and our burdens, and no one is saying we don’t have responsibilities and shouldn’t own our issues. Yet, we carry these heavy things and they weigh us down.
Peter says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you,” (1Peter 5:7). Cast it. Cast it all. Move it over. Not the ownership of your own actions or your responsibility to put one foot in front of the other toward better outcomes. We still keep those things. Cast the anxiety over to him. Anxiety is the weight of our issues which leaves us so heavy-laden at times that we feel like we cannot move. Give that over to God.
When the peace of God comes, it is unexplainable. It is beyond comprehension. It surpasses our understanding. And I’m good not understanding the peace of God. Today in this very moment, I simply want it… bad. How about you? So let’s take God at his word. We pray and petition him, handing over our concern and the weight of our anxiety, and he answers through Christ Jesus, who guards our hearts and minds with a peace that goes beyond our understanding. Get you some of that…
One more thing: if you don’t know Jesus, it will be difficult to have this peace. God’s peace is found in Jesus. So if we are not willing to let Jesus have control over our lives, we will not be able to have our hearts and minds guarded by him. We have to hand the keys over to the Saviour.
If you are resisting Jesus, deal with that first. Once you surrender to him, you can surrender your anxiety as you surrender your life to Jesus.