Peace That Surpasses All Understanding

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

-Philippians 4:7

Some of my earliest memories of going to bed include my mom singing Amazing Grace and praying for us after she’d tucked us in before she softly shut the door.

And I remember in particular one particular phrase that she used to pray over us. She would pray that God would give us that peace which surpasses all understanding.

It always comforted me, but I wouldn’t say I really understood what it meant at that point.

And later on even after mom didn’t always sing us to sleep with Amazing Grace, she would still often pray that phrase over us. When I came across the book of Philippians and claimed it as my favorite book in the Bible I saw that phrase again. And I mused over it. I still do. It comforted me. It still does.

And when studying Colossians 3 these past few weeks, particularly in light of the awful things going on in the whole world, in my world, and in other peoples’ worlds, I was reminded of that comforting peace.

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

-Colossians 3:15

I long for peace. I crave peace. I want that in me! I need it.

Don’t you? When you look around at the hurt, the sorrow, the deep darkness penetrating everything around, doesn’t your soul just cry out for peace?

I sure do.

Searching for escape, I try to bury myself in other things, to hide from the turbulence the unending disturbance. But it doesn’t work. It can’t guard me forever.

In fact, it can’t guard me at all.

But there is this peace that protects.

There is this peace that guards, that rules over the hurt, that comforts.

And this peace is from God alone.

But the thing is, it doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t have to. This peace is so great it surpasses all understanding.

Let me say that again.

I know a peace that is greater than, that surpasses, ALL understanding.

That means I don’t have to hide. I don’t have to run. I don’t have to worry.

I can let the peace of Christ rule in my heart. It will guard my heart, it will guard my mind.

And it surpasses all understanding.

May the peace of God which surpasses all understanding guard your hearts and minds!! God be with you all.

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Author: Faith on the Farm

I’m just a Christian girl who’s striving to glorify God here on the farm. I love sunsets, roses, my dog, and about everything you can photograph on a farm. As you’ve probably guessed, I love photography. When I’m not singing or working on schoolwork, you’ll probably find me cooking, practicing cello, or somewhere outside with my dog by my side and camera in hand.

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