Philippians 4:7 (NIV) says this: And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus
What exactly is peace? This is a freedom from disturbance, tranquillity. I love that – freedom from disturbance. So much mental interference and disturbance in life, we are at peace when we are indeed free from it – and enter into a place of tranquillity.
Often time I get into situations where my understanding of things cloud my ability to see God for who He really is and leaves me in quite a state. It’s not that the situation is not real, or what I am feeling is not true, but I neglect to priorities and focus on what matters most, which is that God has sent peace to transcend – to pass and go beyond – what it is that I am feeling or I understand to be true at that point in time, and it’s this peace that guards your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus.
Things happen, and will always be happening. That’s a given. Some of those things will be easier to manage than others. Then there are those other things that come as if they were sent on a military assignment with your name and address on just to take you out. This is life, its a journey, some mountains, some plains, some valleys, but we know that there is a peace that God has given to us that goes beyond that.
It’s not even like God is trying to challenge what you are feeling or your understanding of a situation. If you are sick, you are sick and that is your understanding of the situation at hand. But the peace of God goes over and above that. Your feeling low and seem to be followed around by a dark cloud – that is how you feel and God is not looking to challenge that, but He is looking to transcend all of that and cover it with a peace. This kind of peace can only come from God.
It’s only the peace of God that can allow you to look into the storm and smile anyway. It’s only the peace of God that can allow you to look at your life and it seems like everything you prayed didn’t happen to you – is happening – but you still have peace. Indeed this goes beyond understanding for sure as it often makes NO sense what so ever, but this is the thing about the gifts of God – they are from The Super-Natural God… The Immortal, Invisible God, The God of Eternity.. there is bound to be something a little extra special about them. Que Marks and Spencer advert music.. this is no ordinary peace…this is God’s Peace!
It’s this peace that will guard your heart and mind – how? By allowing you to rest – care free in the arms of God. The peace of God guards your heart and mind from things that would otherwise cause disturbance – things like doubt, and fear, and guilt, and shame, and condemnation…. and all these thoughts (the mind) and feelings (the heart) that look to do nothing but disturb the tranquillity that God’s peace brings.
Remember when Jesus was on the boat – asleep….on a pillow…..Real comfy right! LOL – Meanwhile while there was a major storm going on. Everyone was being disturbed in both heart and mind about this storm, likely they were fearing for their life at this point, but Jesus slept, only to be woken by these disturbed men asking Jesus “don’t you even care if we drown?” (Mark 4:35-41). The scripture goes on to tell us that He spoke to the storm – and told it to be still, and immediately, much to their amazement, it obeyed and was still.
This is the peace that we can have. That even though we are going through something that has the potential to take our life we have the peace of God that is able to silence the disturbance and bring about a calm and tranquillity to both hart – how we feel and mind – what we think.
Now the men’s understanding of the situation was not wrong.. it wasn’t a little drizzle, it was a fierce storm, so much so they believed they would die! I would never look to challenge what a person is feeling. If that’s their understanding and how a situation feels to them – then that’s what it is. My encouragement is to remember that the greater one, the same one that spoke to the storm and told it to be still lives in you. You have the ability to sleep on your pillow in the midst of the storm, and if you decide you’re going to tell it where to go you have the power and authority to do so. Sometimes we have to face the storm and tell it to HUSH UP!
Much love and PEACE! X