Philippians 4: 4-9 God’s antidote to worry, anxiety and fear. Part 7.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding…
If we play our part, God will always play His part. So here we see that if we rejoice in the Lord, show gentleness and calmness, turn to God with thanksgiving and ask Him specifically for what we want, He with then respond to us with His amazing peace. I have come to see this peace in two particular ways. Firstly, this is a peace that is beyond understanding, as in it is a peace that occurs when there really shouldn’t be peace. It is a peace in times of trouble, a peace in the middle of the storm, a peace where there would normally be fear, anxiety and panic. Secondly it is a peace that bypasses the need for understanding. As humans we love to figure things out and until we do we do not have peace. So many of our anxieties are based on not knowing the answer. We long to know how this is going to turn out, what does that really mean, how will I face that, who will pay for this, will this happen or not, how will I cope? The questions are endless and sometimes just go round and round in our heads as we become more and more anxious and fearful. We believe that if we can figure out all the answers then we will be at peace. God’s peace is a peace that bypasses a need for all those answers. Its a peace that comes with questions still unanswered. Its a peace that comes and says you may not have the answers but you know the One who holds every solution. It is more important to know that God is the solution than to continue to worry over questions that, humanly speaking, can’t be answered. God’s peace comes before the questions are answer and God’s peace is so much better than any answer could ever be.