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Peace which Transcends

Weekly Devotionals

Peace which Transcends

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Philippians 4:6-8

There are a lot of things that happen in a given day. We wake up to our routines that put in order all of our day’s goals and hope all goes well. Yet we all know that oftentimes unpredictable and uncontrollable events happen and they can take up a lot of our time and our energy. Traffic may be worse than we thought, people may not be cooperating as they ought, someone might get sick, we ourselves might get sick, the list goes on. These types of unpredictable events can steer our day, week, or even longer, into an entirely different direction whether it be good or bad. As mundane as our lives may sometimes feel, they also contain a bunch of unforeseeable events that we must face. For many of us, this is a scary reality that we wish we can change!

Yet our Scripture passage today tells us not to be anxious about anything, including the future. God promises a peace that will guard our hearts and keep it safe as we remember that He transcends our world and has authority over it. Not only is this true but He also has a plan for redemption that is able to recover what’s lost and bring new life. The unknown, the unseen, the transcendent is God’s domain and He promises He is making all things right.

Although the ways of God can seem out of our reach, it’s not as distant as we think. We are told to fix our eyes on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy to give us a taste of reality in Jesus. Our goal shouldn’t be to control our future in our limited way but instead to enjoy Christ and His reality of goodness. And if there are things that are hard we need to unload it on Jesus and tell Him how we feel. He wants us to give Him our problems and simply give thanks that He is taking care of us. Doing this will give us peace that is beyond our understanding because He is trustworthy and good and in Him we are safe.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week, and may you be filled with God’s joy and peace!

With love.