Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:4-7
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your forbearing spirit be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7)
These verses in Philippians show us the path to finding the peace of God. We have to look at them collectively in order to discover the way to experience God’s peace in our lives. There is an order to the verses.
First, we must learn how to rejoice in the Lord. Rejoicing in the Lord causes us to focus on the Lord and not on our worries and troubles. When we are rejoicing in the Lord, we find great delight in who He is. We focus on His character and attributes. We rejoice also in what He has done for us. When we are rejoicing in the Lord, we are brought into His presence and in His presence there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11).
Second, when we get our focus right (rejoicing in the Lord), we are able to approach life with a reasonable and forbearing spirit. We are able to see life from God’s perspective, which then gives us the ability to let our forbearing spirit be known to others. We become reasonable when we face difficulties because we know that we can fully trust the Lord no matter what. We can become forbearing and keep ourselves calm. We will not go to pieces when we face trouble because we know that the Lord is at hand. We are not alone and we have nothing to fear. Jesus is with us every moment of every day.
Third, when we become reasonable, we know that the solution to our anxieties is found in prayer. We do not have to be anxious because we can give our worries to the Lord and leave them with Him. We can cast all our cares on Him and know beyond any shadow of doubt that He cares for us.
When we have done these things, we will experience the peace of God. We cannot manufacture the peace of God; it is a gift from Him. When we are in intimate fellowship with Him and are being filled by His Spirit, the Spirit Himself will bring us the fruit of God’s peace. It is God’s peace that will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus. Then we will be set free from all our worries and cares, for we know that we are safe and secure in the hands of our Savior.
Lord, I am so thankful for the peace that You give me when I am in fellowship with You. Jesus, I know what it is to experience Your peace. I have done so many times across the course of my life. There is a calmness and sweetness when I do. I rejoice in You, Lord. Let my forbearing spirit be evident to all today. I cast my cares and worries upon You and with thanksgiving I know that I have no reason to be anxious. May Your peace guard my heart and my mind today through my Savior, Jesus Christ.
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