Day 18 | Peace Beyond Understanding
Reading: Philippians 4:4–7
There are some things I will never understand. For example, how is it that the dishwasher can be empty, and yet, no one will put their dirty dishes in it? Can you imagine a world where every dirty dish gets rinsed off and put in the empty dishwasher? But, there’s no such luck. This is a trivial problem. There’s no real pain in this circumstance, just selfish frustration. But what about those situations we face, that are so unimaginable that they throw us into confusion? What about the times when our understanding of what is going on seems to come up short? Can we truly have peace?
Paul says that the Lord grants a peace that surpasses all understanding. If we think about our circumstances from a merely human perspective, like the rest of the world, it’s no wonder that we’re riddled with anxiety. But the moment we introduce God to the picture (or He introduces himself) things change. The moment we understand that Jesus Christ is actively reigning and working on our behalf through our circumstances, we can begin to have the kind of peace Jesus said he would bring his followers. John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” It’s no wonder Paul told us to anchor our minds in heaven, because that’s where Jesus is. And if we see him as he is, the reigning King but also as the one who is near to us, we can have peace beyond human understanding.
Question: Is there an area of your life where the peace of Jesus has been lacking? Take time to pray and place that area of your life in the hands of God, trusting him to bring peace to your heart in the middle of your circumstance.