|SCRIPTURE TEXT: “ The peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus ” —Philippians 4:7 |
As you’re reading your Bible, it’s always worth noticing the words tucked within the Word, paying attention to the surprises that are hiding in plain sight. One example is today’s feature verse. Paul’s prayer for the Christians in Ephesus was that the peace of God would guard their hearts and minds in Christ. Till now, I’ve never thought of peace as a defense, a protection. But it is. A good bodyguard has nothing on the peace of God, because His peace shields our hearts and minds – the two places where, supernaturally speaking we are most vulnerable to attack.
How can this be? I can think of a few ways that divine peace protects us…
For one, peace helps us keep a cool head in adversarial situations, so that we can respond with the grace and words of the Holy Spirit instead of what we’d really like to say. Peace also can supply us with compassion for those who are opposing us. Instead of just hearing their words, God sometimes gives us a glimpse into what’s happening inside of them. That glimpse of their fear or pain won’t always ease our anger immediately, but once a little empathy trickles in, our hurt may start to evaporate, helping us to forgive.
Finally, peace produces contentment, whether circumstances are going our way or not. I’m not saying I’ve never felt disappointed or afraid while enduring hardship, but the peace of Christ prevents us from lingering in those emotions long-term.
As you add your own ideas to this starter list, keep it close to your heart. God’s super-peace is real, and through it, He is keeping watch over us.
PRAYER: “Let Your peace be my shield and fortress today, Jesus, from head to toe.” Amen.
SOURCE: DAY SPRING