“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Don't worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:4-7).
This Christmas season, I am soaking up the book of Philippians. There are so many challenges, and so much encouragement found in these chapters. Philippians 4, in particular, has really been challenging my focus. It reminds me to keep my eyes directed up above. It challenges me to let go of all my worries and cares, and to allow peace to invade my heart and my life.
And boy, do I need peace. Peace often seems to be in direct opposition to the world around me. My husband is away from us this Christmas because this world isn’t at peace. There are battles going on, near and far, because people cannot get along. But the battles aren’t only physical ones, they’re mental as well. People worry through way through this life. Health, finances, relationships, there are all kinds of things to dwell and stew over, if we don’t let peace invade.
Philippians 4:7, offers an intriguing promise. The Apostle Paul writes that this peace of God, which is past anything we could possible understand, will guard our hearts and minds.
I love that phrase, “guard our hearts and minds.” It’s such a wonderful image of God taking control and protecting us from the external and internal battles we face. I really need that promise this Holiday season. I need my heart and mind protected from loneliness, from worry, from business. I need my heart to be focused on the things that truly matter: family, friends, and, most of all, salvation in Jesus Christ.
My prayer for all of you is that you, too, will experience the Peace of God this Christmas season. He’s ready and willing to give it to you, if only you ask.
Let There Be Peace.