Peace Beyond Your Understanding
“…and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 4:7, NKJV
On occasion, we run across Bible scriptures that speak of going above and beyond what we expect.
For example, Ephesians 3:19 reads, “To know the love of God which passes knowledge…” — love surpassing knowledge.
Next, we read in Ephesians 3:20, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think…” Here again, we see the Father’s ability to go beyond in this scripture.
Then there’s 2 Corinthians 3:10, “For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels.” — here, the latter glory exceeding the former glory.
And then finally, a very familiar passage, Isaiah 55:9, where it reads, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
When we read Philippians 4:7, we see the same principle — God’s overwhelming ability to go above and beyond our mortal capabilities.
In the previous verse to verse 7, we see the Apostle Paul giving the Philippian church four steps to prayer. He says,
- Don’t worry about anything.
- Pray about everything.
- Tell God what you need.
- Then, thank Him for all He has done.
Paul says when one applies these four principles; he will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything that can be understood. (NLT)
Can you imagine being in the middle of complete chaos but experiencing perfect peace?
I expect your testimony would be, “I can’t explain it, but I’m not worried at all. There’s a calmness and serenity occupying my space that I can’t find the words to describe it.”
In addition, this peace that surpasses all understanding is the key to a healthy life. It guards our hearts and minds and protects our physical and emotional well-being.
This type of peace does not come from the world. It is not found in positive thinking or in the absence of conflict. But it comes from knowing God is in control and knowing everything works together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)
When we rest in God, we receive this non-returnable gift.
Who would want to give a priceless gift such as God’s peace back?
It would be like receiving a billion dollars — tax-free, no strings attached — and you decide to return it.
What in the world? But do you get my point?
My challenge for you today is to take on the peace of God. Wear it like you would a shirt. Allow it to wrap your body and hug your frame.
Metaphorically speaking, put it on like you would the armor in Ephesians 6.
You’ll find it to be a perfect fit.
Join me again next week for more Coffee on The Couch.