The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
Paul offers here a timeless and universal remedy for anxiety as he counsels his readers not to be overly anxious about human problems. Instead of giving way to such corroding care, the Philippians are exhorted to commit everything to God in prayer with thanksgiving for past mercies and present blessings (v. 6). The antidote to anxiety and prelude to the enjoyment of peace are to be found in the joint exercise of prayer and thanksgiving. In prayer, anxiety is resolved by trust in God. That which causes the anxiety is brought to the One who is totally competent and in whose hands the matter may be left. In thanksgiving, anxiety is resolved by the acceptance of the worrying circumstance as something which an all-wise, all-loving, and all-sovereign God has appointed (Romans 8:28).
Despite all the excitement and danger of his busy ministry, Paul had a deep-settled peace: peace with God and the peace of God, both of which passed all human understanding. Therefore he could write from experience to the Philippians to encourage them as they fought the good fight of faith.
Through the ages, many saints of God have enjoyed this blessing, even in times of persecution and deep sorrow. The peace of God is ‘perfect’ (Isa. 26:3), and it is therefore suited for every circumstance and adequate for all the burdens we may be called upon to bear. The city of Philippi was guarded by a Roman garrison; so Paul’s statement that God’s peace would keep – literally, ‘guard’ – their hearts would appeal to his readers. The peace of God is the garrison of the soul in all the experiences of life. To all His believing people, God has pledged His guardian peace and His own presence as the God of peace.
Quote: “Peace comes not from the absence of trouble, but from the presence of God.” – Alexander MacLaren
Daily devotions are from the book “Eagle’s Wings” published by the Free Presbyterian Church. © Free Presbyterian Church 1991- All Rights Reserved.