Friday, September 16, 2016

Peace Beyond Our Understanding

Philippians 4:6-7: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

This verse has brought me comfort through many dark times, and I thank God, because I know it will again.

My favorite hymn, “IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL,” touches me in much the same way.

My understanding is that the writer of this song had just gone through a horrible time. And yet he was able to find comfort and express an overwhelming hope through the promise of God’s peace.

I’ve always wanted to find answers to problems, reasons for trials. God has taught me that my mind can find peace without knowing why.

We may not be able to find out why something terrible happens. The difficulty might even remain. But God has promised, and I can witness, that God can give us the certainty of our wellbeing with him.

While the struggles and pain may continue; while we may have no explanation as to why it’s happening or how it can be fixed—we can be wrapped in an amazing assurance that we are loved and cared for, that we are not alone.

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