Friday, July 14 | Peace That Transcends Understanding
Read Philippians 4:6–7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
We often think of peace as a possession, a quality, or an attribute. Have you ever thought of it as a guard or protector? That’s what Paul says in today’s passage. God’s peace is a protector. In times of anxiety or fear, God’s peace can act as a guard around your heart, not allowing your circumstances to dictate the state of your soul. This is a peace that makes no sense—it transcends understanding. It is a peace that you take notice of and others ask about. It is a peace we all long for and which God freely gives when we ask.
- Reflect on a time in your life when your circumstances should have completely overwhelmed you, but during which you had peace—a peace that passed understanding. How would you describe that experience? What was the state of your soul?
- What circumstances in your life now threaten to overwhelm you and rob you of the peace you have? What is your prayer? Try expressing it to God now.
God, thank You for Your peace that transcends all understanding. I ask You for this peace to guard my heart and my mind. In the areas I am anxious and afraid, fill me with Your peace and protect me against my circumstances dictating my mood, the state of my soul, the way I interact with others. Keep my mind focused on You and all You’ve called me to be and do in this world. In You I have salvation and life and love. Amen.
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