Friday, December 11th
Passage: Philippians 4:4-7
By Carol Sue Hutchinson
God’s peace is not just the absence of war, violence, hate or struggle. To me, God’s peace is a settling of calmness in the middle of decisions and other difficult times in life.
This scripture says that God’s peace is beyond our understanding. This means to me that it is not something that I can rationalize or “take apart” and examine it. It is far beyond my understanding. But because I must accept it with grace I know when it is present.
God’s peace is not just the absence of war, violence, hate, or struggle. To me, God’s peace is a settling of calmness in the middle of decisions and other difficult times in life. jobs in the Conference office and wasn’t sure that my boss would be willing to split the job. (Trust me it was big enough to split). I felt God was leading me in this new direction. So, I boldly made the decision if I had to look elsewhere for a job, God would lead me. When it was all settled and they split my job, there was a peaceful calm deep within me. I knew that the right decision was made. That is one aspect of God’s peace to me.
It would be wonderful to have this peaceful calmness all the time, but we are human and find ourselves in situations that do not bring calm.
This scripture also tells us that God’s peace comes when we present our needs before God “with prayer and thanksgiving, He will hear our prayers. He will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Prayer: God, thank you for teaching us about your peace and helping us to realize it in our lives. Amen