The peace of God

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 4:7 (NIV))

Tonight, I sit without two of my family with me as my wife has accompanied my youngest son on a trip that will result in him being away for two weeks. She will return in the morning after she sends my 15 year old son off with my mother-in-law for what will be a two week dream come true for him and a two week period for me wondering how he is doing.

All of last week I had the opportunity to get a glimpse of his activities for the next two weeks. It truly is his dream come true. He will be taking part in the filming of a movie. I will be at home worrying about how he is doing.

Peace is a strange thing.

As I watch the antics of my youngest child begin to fulfill his dreams, I can’t help but worry. I wonder how God felt when Jesus came to this earth? I know that the two are no comparison, still we are made in His image. We feel what He feels. The only difference is that He knows how things will end even before they begin. We, on the other hand, cannot accurately predict what the end of each day will bring.

We are to model our lives after Jesus. We are to live our lives in surrender to God’s will. We are to possess the peace of God. Still, we are only human and our human traits make it difficult to follow God’s will at all times. We falter in our actions even when our desires do not.

God gives us peace. That peace can embrace us even in the midst of uncertainty. It can comfort us even in the midst of our own anxieties. It is these anxieties, as well as our sins, that Jesus came to emancipate us from. Some fears we will most likely have no matter what, such as a child stepping out to find and fulfill their dream. Let’s face facts. No one wants to see your child’s dreams dashed against the rocks, so we worry. When this happens, we must remember that God grants peace if we simply call upon Jesus. Sometimes, it may be all that we can do to simply pray for those around us who are searching for God’s calling, no matter what it may be.

We must pray that God will grant peace and guard the hearts and minds of all who call upon the name of Jesus.

Does the peace of God guard your heart and mind?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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