Hello Mummy Meditators, and welcome to our fourth week looking at the fruit of peace. As January is a long month, we have an extra week on peace (yey!) so it is not our last look at this. Naomi will be picking up the baton next week to summarise and you can find last week’s post on her blog here.
peace that transcends
This week we have had the pleasure of pondering over this verse:
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:7
In our Mummy Meditations community I asked everyone to look at five questions, taking into consideration the verse that comes before (“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” verse 6), so I am going to talk through each of these and my thoughts on them.
what is it?
What is it that we are talking about here? Well, it is peace (obviously!) but not just normal peace. Not just an absence of war or things being hunky dory with our families. This is a peace that TRANSCENDS all understanding. I love that word – transcends. It means to go beyond, rise above, surpass, exceed or outdo in excellence. Wow, what a peace this is!
There are times when everything is spiraling out of control in our lives, but inside we actually feel ok. Somehow, for no reason explainable to man our souls and spirits can feel calm. That is peace that transcends. It makes no sense to us logically, but supernaturally God can settle our spirits down with a peace that only he can comprehend.
who gives it?
It is only God who can grant this kind of amazing peace. Even though we must strive for peace (like we talked about last week) it is pointless if we are looking in the wrong place. We must look up to our Father in Heaven to find this peace that transcends, and it is only because of the work Jesus Christ has done for us on the cross that we are able to have it. Jesus was the ultimate peace-maker in restoring our relationship with God by taking our judgement on the cross. Now, not only can we approach God as his children, but we can ask him to settle our spirits and give us peace in our lives.
How do we get it?
This is where verse 6 becomes really important. The only way to get this peace is to approach God in prayer. Paul tells us that we should be praying and asking in EVERY situation. Anything that might possibly cause us anxiety should instead be turned into a prayer, and a thankful prayer at that! We should be thanking God for the answer and for the peace that he will give that crosses out our anxiety.
That is a HUGE challenge to me.
I know that I need to invite God into my everyday life more, but somehow I end of putting him only in charge of the big stuff – of the house move or the job applications. Why do I not pray when I am late or stressed over the kids behaviour? Why do I decide that I don’t want peace in those little ordinary situations instead of doing what Paul says and praying in EVERY situation? Surely then I would be completely free of anxiety and so full of peace and thankfulness!!!
why do we need it?
Anxiety and stress is one of the huge problems in our society today. Wouldn’t it be amazing to know that we had something up our sleeves to protect ourselves from it? Verse 7 says that the peace of God guards our hearts and our minds. Peace is not just a nice feeling or a nice calm place to sit for a while before entering into everyday life. It is essential for protecting ourselves from this world – it is our GUARD.
when do we need it?
Like I said earlier, we need this peace all of the time and we should be asking for it in EVERY situation. I think this ties in nicely with the aim of Mummy Meditations, which is to bring God’s word into every part of our lives rather than just focusing on a daily devotional time. If we had a running conversation with God throughout the day, chatting through our weekly verse but also praying and thanking and petitioning him over everything (no matter how big or small) that we come across then we would know this peace all of the time.
Wow, well that was a challenging verse wasn’t it?! To finish off our month on the fruit of peace please join us in meditating on the following verse:
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone” Romans 12:18
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