[ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Esther Dupperon calls Regina home, though she has lived at numerous Canadian locations throughout her life. Part of the Glen Elm church, she is a faithful servant and a treasure to all who know her.]
Definition: peace — absence of war, law and order, harmonious relationships, state of tranquility, freedom of strife.
We hear the word peace several times a day. Peace and quiet, peace bond, peace treaty, peace talks, keeping the peace etc. Humankind has been seeking a poor version of peace that comes from controlling our surroundings to ensure some calm. No war, no crime, a spa day, and no conflict in our relationships. Strive as we might peace is not to be found in the world.
Here are two English translation of Philippians 4:6-7:
6 Be careful of nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made know to God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ. (KJV)
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle down on you. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry from the center of your life. (MSG)
The “Peace that passeth all understanding “ has little to do with control, calm or absence of war. According to scripture peace comes from surrender and supplication. Peace is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We cannot come to it without God and when we receive it we fully sense God in our lives and know he is in control of everything. This is knowing that Jesus has not only come to save our souls but to be part of our lives through prayer. Whatever fears we have, whatever distresses us, we can give to the Lord through prayer and we will be given peace in our hearts. This blessing can then be shared with the world by evidence of our peaceful heart.