God’s peace that passes all understanding(Final part)
This scripture starts out by telling us not to forget the things that God has taught us.
Then it goes on to tell us to store His commands in our hearts and to never let love and faithfulness leave us.
Aligning our hearts in preparation for Jesus means that we remember what God has taught us, we live out love and faithfulness, and we trust God for all things.
C. Carve out time to dig into God’s Word. It is so important that we know God’s Word. His Word is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword. It is our powerful weapon that we need to hold on to and speak into every situation of our lives. I know the Bible can be intimidating — it’s a big book, after all! But it is a big book of His promises.
If you are just starting out and opening the pages of God’s Word for the first time, I encourage you to carve out regular time to memorise a verse or two. And if you don’t know how or where to start — try the Psalms. Every day I open my Bible to the book of Psalms for that day. For example, today is November 23rd, so I open up to Psalm 23, one that you may be familiar with. And in the midst of all the chaos going on, it brings a calm to my spirit. I find great peace as I read, “The Lord is my shepherd…” That is all I need!
D. Enjoy. Peace does not come naturally. It’s God’s supernatural gift to us. Take a moment to truly enjoy His peace that passes understanding.
Precious Lord, I pray for our world in these difficult times. Today, more than ever, we need the peace of Christ to surround us. We need healing in our world. Where anger rages and division runs rampant, we need Your PEACE to flood our hearts. As we scurry around to make ends meet we need You to fill our hearts with Your Word, Your promises, and Your truth. I pray that each and every one of us would open our hearts to receive the greatest gift of all — Jesus — who died on the cross at Calvary and now reigns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Amen.
The ‘peace of God’, is a profound and transcendent peace that goes beyond human comprehension. It is not merely the absence of conflict or troubles but a deep sense of serenity and harmony that comes from God.
Philippians 4:7 emphasises the importance of seeking God’s peace and the benefits it brings to believers. It teaches that by maintaining a joyful and prayerful attitude, and by trusting in God, we can experience a peace that goes beyond human understanding. This peace serves as a shield against anxiety, worry, and fear. It is an invitation to rely on God’s provision and protection, knowing that He is in control of all circumstances.
The source of this peace is found in Christ Jesus. It is a result of having a relationship with Him and trusting in His teachings and promises. Through faith in Christ, believers can experience the peace that comes from being reconciled with God.
Culled from Faith Gateway Devotionals
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By Dr. Joyce Aryee, the author