Peace that Surpasses Comprehension
December 7, 2011
My wife and I were flipping through channels last night and came upon the movie Pearl Harbor. My wife asked “Do you know why they are showing this?” I answered (and I’m a little embarrassed to admit this) “Was that today?” Then she corrected me, saying, “No, it’s tomorrow.”
A movie all about war. We have many of them made all the time. They are made about real wars, mythological wars, Science Fiction wars, and the list goes on. Just a few years ago there was a movie made about our current war.
Throughout our entire history as mankind, war has happened.
There have also been times of great peace. Perhaps we have never experienced an complete peace over the face of the earth, but at one time or another the wars have stopped, even if just for a little while.
The Bible tells us a little bit about peace. In fact, it is listed with some of the fruit we have been going through: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace…” (If you have missed my previous posts on love and joy you may click on either word.)
For many people peace seems like an idealistic word. It is that cookie on the shelf. When we are children we cannot see it but we know it is there and we want it. No matter how hard we work to get at it we just cannot.
It does not have to be that way. For a moment I am going to take a step back from the idea of global peace or war and talk about the peace that the Bible is offering to us in that verse.
This peace is something that we can once again only get from God through His Son, Jesus as we follow the guiding of the Holy Spirit. Philippians 4:7 says that this peace “surpasses all comprehension,” so forgive me if I do not do it complete justice.
There is something in the verse 6 that does give a little light into how we can produce this peace as a fruit. “ Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God”
Stop worrying. Stop fretting. We are told over and over to let hand our lives over to God and let Him take control. Do not be anxious. Jesus told us that God takes care of the flowers and the birds and we are so much better than they are! God said that creation was very good after making man. He loves us so much that He sent His Son to take our place in death so that we could live eternally with Him, starting now.
If we are that important to God; If we can believe the promises found in Scripture (we can) then we do not need to be anxious about anything. We need to trust in Him every single day for everything.
When we have a worry or a concern, then we give it over to Him. We pray about it. If it continues to be a concern then we pray some more, until we have given every part of our life over to Him.
I have mentioned before that we really have no control over the events in our life (If you want to read someone else’s view on this Micheal Hyatt wrote a post about it yesterday). Worrying does not add anything to our lives, in fact it is proven to take away. We miss wonderful opportunities in life when we spend our time worrying. Not to mention it really can take time off the end of our lives. Our health plummets when we spend time worrying.
Why not give it all over to God. Stop being anxious. Do not make excuses for yourself, just stop. Get someone to help you. Surround yourself with encouraging people. And do not forget to pray. Once we let go of these things, we will then be able to experience the peace that surpasses comprehension.
What is stopping you from experiencing God’s peace? Have you ever struggled with letting go of worry?