Does real peace ever seem illusive to you? Legitimate peace according to the Bible surpasses our understanding. Why? Because it’s not natural. To obtain authentic, sound, lasting peace we must shift our view. Let’s look at peace from the perch of the supernatural. Philippians 4 gives great insight on genuine peace and how to posses it.
Verse 6 and 7 familiarly states, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Supplication is more than petitioning God for our needs. It translates to intense earnestness—implicating a transferring of the burdens that rest on our human shoulders over to God’s broad, strong, supernatural shoulders. The scripture in Matthew 11:30, “My yoke is easy and my burden light ” speaks of the same. The only way these scripture can function in our life is if we make an exchange—His yoke and His burden for ours.
Peace is birthed out of trust—that’s the difference between anxiousness and peace—anxiousness is birthed out of worry. The way to not be anxious is to give God our problems and/or circumstances. Making an exchange—trusting in His will to be done. Knowing, that He will take care of our concerns and bring the needed resolve.
Most likely, Paul is talking about the same kind of peace and trust in Philippians 4:11-13, where he says “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
This Holiday Season, with Thanksgiving and Christmas rapidly approaching, be encouraged to trust God for your needs—resting in a spirit of thanksgiving. As you do, His peace that surpasses your understanding will guard your heart and soul.
Philippians 4-9 “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”