Sunday, June 28, 2009

Speak to My Soul Sunday ~ Peace of God


Welcome to Speak to My Soul Sunday's in Mel's World!

It's been a little while since the last Speak to My Soul devotional, but the Lord has really pressed this on my heart today and I know that this is something that I probably need more than anyone. I pray you are blessed by His word today.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:7 NIV

Is it me or does it seem that there are things pulling at us from just about every angle of life. If it's not the kids, it's the spouse, or the job, or our ministry, our friends, our finances, our health, you name it and chances are it is pulling at you right now too.

It's enough to make you feel like that mom from the Incredibles, what's her name...ElastaGirl? The problem with that is that there isn't really an ElastaGirl is there? We can bend and move but eventually something will break (or fall).

If we back up from this verse a little bit we'll go to the verse right before it where it says;

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Philippians 4:6 NIV

Aha, now it's starting to make a little sense. The problems, the stresses, the kids, the finances, the health issues, the marriage...all of it we are to give over to God through prayer and petition.

And when we do, I love that part, then we will receive the peace of God.

Holy Moly...is anyone else totally all over this right now?

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:7 NIV

Do you mean that by giving all that "stuff" over to Him we will actually have peace? YES!

Do you mean that by praying about it we will begin to have peace? YES!

Do you think that is possible for you and me? Absolutely YES!

Well, what does that "peace of God" look like?

I went over to my friends at
Dictionary.com to look up the word peace and here's what it says;

- a state of mutual harmony between people or groups, esp. in personal relations:
- a state of tranquillity or serenity:
- a state or condition conducive to, proceeding from, or characterized by tranquillity:

Then I took it a step further and asked Dictionary.com to define for me the "peace of God" and guess what, there were NO results for "peace of God". Is that surprising? No, not really, especially since it says right there in the verse that the "peace of God", which transcends all understanding.

I love that we don't have to completely understand it but can accept it with grace and humility. At the end of the verse it also says that the peace of God...will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

This is actually a beautiful thing for us because it says that even in the midst of the things that are pulling on you that not only will you have peace from Him but that He will guard your hearts and minds while you still try to figure out all the other stuff.

The reality is that we "need" Him to help us with that or we would fall under the weight and pressure of the very things that are pulling us in thousands of directions.

Let's face it can be tough to have peace when everything around you is pulling at you at the same time, but when you present your requests to Him, lay them down, and accept the gift of the peace from God you will be able to rest in knowing that He is there with you every step of the way.

What a great and beautiful gift that is!

So, let's get practical.

What do you need to take before Him right now so that you too can have the peace of God?

Take some time right now and really think about it. I am sure that there are things popping in your head right this very minute and when they do bounce them right up to the only one who can truly do anything with them. You'll be glad you did!


Seeking JOY on the Journey,




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2 Mel's World Friends Comments:

Courtney 9:40 PM  

OH wow this was a powerful post and something immediately came to mind that I had not prayed about. Thanks to you - I've now prayed and will try to walk in peace. Thanks - this was timely.

Nancy 10:36 PM  

Very clear and powerful, I just posted something along this line too!!

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