BEYOND OUR UNDERSTANDING

Let the peace of Christ [the inner calm of one who walks daily with Him] be the controlling factor in your hearts … And be thankful [to God always]. [Colossians 3:15 (AMP)]

cardinalIt’s that time of year again. Signs in stores say it, holiday lights in yards and on rooftops proclaim it, and we might greet one another in church with it. We send out cards with its message, sing of it and, yet, we’re bereft of it. We think we’ll have it when our chores are done, the cards mailed, the house cleaned, the tree decorated, the lights up, the cookies baked, the gifts purchased, the packages wrapped, and the bills paid. We sure we’ll get it if we reach our destination without delay or losing luggage or once our children arrive safely home. As long as everyone stays healthy, no food gets burnt, nothing is broken, politics isn’t discussed, no one gets drunk, and the back-ordered gift arrives in time, we’re sure to have it then. Yet, even when everything goes as planned (and believe me it won’t), it seems to escape us.

Peace—we all want it and yet we’ll never get it if we look for it in circumstances, possessions, places or people. Moreover, we’ll never find it if we think it is hidden in our attempts at perfection. It only God who is sovereign and omnipotent; we are merely flawed human beings and the sooner we accept that, the easier life will be. The peace we seek has nothing to do with perfection, prosperity, health or even lack of discord. It’s not dependent on circumstances or other people. The peace we seek is found in gratitude, love, graciousness, and forgiveness. We can only find true peace in Christ’s presence and our confidence in God’s plan. The peace we seek is a tranquility in spite of rather than because of our current situation. While it has nothing to do with what is happening around us, it has everything to do with what is happening within us and with whom we make our daily walk. When we walk with Him, we’ll experience a peace that truly exceeds our ability to comprehend it. Fortunately, we don’t have to understand it to experience it.

Peace be with you.

When Christ died, He left a will in which He gave His soul to His Father, His body to Joseph of Arimathea, His clothes to the soldiers, and His mother to John. But to His disciples, who had left all to follow Him, He left not silver or gold, but something far better—His PEACE! [Matthew Henry]

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours]. [Philippians 4:6-7 (AMP)]

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