Typically when the Bible talks about peace, it is talking about it from one of two perspectives … an outer peace or an inner peace. For the sake of this post, let’s focus on inner peace.
Scripture passages addressing inner peace are typically describing the absence of mental stress, anxiety and worry in the heart of the individual believer. Such a peace is simply one aspect of the fruit of the Spirit described in Galatians 5:22-23.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
While we’re talking about peace, let’s also consider this passage …
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at ALL times in every way. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 (ESV)
The word ALL in scripture can be such an incredible challenge or in turn such an incredible blessing. In this last verse, no doubt it is such an incredible blessing from the Lord of peace Himself. Thank you Lord!
When I first found out coming out of the fog of anesthesia after surgery that the surgeon had to do a colostomy instead of a colectomy, I felt no anxiety … only peace. Five days later when the doctor came in with the results of the pathology reports on the mass he removed and said ‘It’s cancer’ I felt no anxiety … only peace.
Wednesday morning (yesterday) when my oncologist called to say the lung nodule biopsy was cancerous I felt no anxiety … only peace. When later he explained that confirmed that I indeed have Stage 4 cancer I felt no anxiety … only peace.
Can I be honest with you? That’s just not a natural response … that’s just not my typical response. That’s not me.
Some might try to attribute such a response to one’s faith … but please remember Jesus is the author and perfector of faith … on my best day all I can hope for is to be mold-able clay in His hands.
I believe this passage of scripture, despite my failures on so many of the seeming prerequisites (esp. rejoicing and thanksgiving), best explains the peace I am experiencing …
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness 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 made 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 (ESV)
In considering this passage of Scripture I am simply overwhelmed to tears as I stop and consider that in what for all intents and purpose should far and away be the greatest moments of anxiety and worry of my lifetime are instead moments filled with peace …
In these anxiety inducing moments the Lord God Almighty is instead choosing to guard my heart and my mind with His peace … thank you Lord!!!
Surpasses ALL understanding indeed …