What can God give us in the midst of a crisis? Well, first of all, He can give us His peace. In Philippians 4:6 and 7, Paul writes under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, these wonderful words, “Be careful for nothing.” The idea behind the word “careful” is to be full of fear, anxiety and worry. But God is admonishing us not to fear, not to be anxious, and not to worry. As we read on, God tells us in verses 6 and 7 “but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” There’s a formula that we see here and it’s this: Pray, trust God and we will have peace. Now the opposite is also true! Don’t pray, don’t trust God, and we will not have peace. Instead we will be overcome with fear, anxiety and worry. But when we pray and trust God, then we will have that peace that passes all understanding – a peace that transcends our understanding. When we don’t understand what is transpiring or we don’t understand what God is doing, we can pray and trust Him and have peace.
I’ve said it before, but sometimes we view prayer as a way that we can get God to change our circumstances. But let’s not forget that ultimately God wants to change us. In the midst of a crisis, God can give us an inner peace. So let’s spend time reading God’s Word and spend time in prayer. And as we do that, we will enjoy an inner peace that only God can give.
In order to have the peace of God mentioned in verse 7, we need to be at peace with God. How can we be at peace with God? In Romans 5:1 we read these words, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” If you’ve received Jesus Christ by faith as your personal Savior, then you’re at peace with God.
When you’re at peace with God, you can enjoy the peace of God that Paul talks about here in Philippians 4. Notice that verse 7 says that this peace “shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” A battleground that Satan seems to win more battles than any other area in our lives is in our minds or our thinking. That’s why we have to base our thinking on the Word of God. If we think biblically, we will live biblically, and we will have the peace of God. That’s why it’s so important for us to read our Bible. As we read the Word of God, it saturates our minds with peace because we are reminded that God is in control. And when we spend time in prayer, our hearts will be overwhelmed with that peace that only He can give.
In Isaiah 26:3 we read “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” When we keep our mind on the Lord, and simply trust Him with all of our heart, He will give us a peace that the world cannot give. When all seems to be falling apart around us, God can give us an internal peace that no one can take away.
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