“The peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:7
This is the promise I drew for today from my box of Promises. Sounds pretty easy to grab hold of…right? But, after looking it up, and doing a bit of research, I found that there is a condition attached to it…something we must do first before just accepting it. Sometimes we pick one verse, usually the one we want to work for us, and forget to read it in context. We should always read the surrounding verses…the before, and after verses to get the full meaning.
Read Philippians 4:6. In verse six, we have a condition to fulfill before the promise can be granted in verse seven. We all want the promise found in verse seven, but most of us skip through verse six, never realizing that it holds the answer to our questions of:
“What is the peace that passes all understanding?” And…”How do I find that peace?”
The way we find this amazing peace: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (verse 6). God promises His peace to all who will follow the instructions laid out in this verse.
God says, “YOU DO YOUR PART…AND I WILL DO MINE!”
Here is the little poem that was also found on the card I drew this morning.
“Not always can I see the course my ship of life must sail;
But since my Father guides the helm, I’ll calmly face the gale.”- Unknown
When we are thankful in ALL things that befall us in life, God grants us peace that even we, at times can’t understand!