Peace Past Understanding

February 3, 2024 Devotional by Rose-Marie Slosek

…and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)

The world we live in is not generally a peaceful place. Our lives can often be full of turmoil and trouble, but this does not mean that we cannot have peace.  Jesus leaves us peace.  He promises us peace, and it is not some thing that we have to go along side a mountain brook to lay hold of, although that doesn’t hurt!  Jesus holds out to us the peace of God, which passes all understanding, in the middle of trying circumstances. He holds peace out to us no matter what. 

Have you ever been in an upsetting situation and still felt the peace of God descend upon you?  You wonder why you are not overly upset? It is because you are receiving the peace of God which passes all understanding. This peace is able to keep our mind and our heart from feeling troubled. It guards our heart and will not let trouble overtake us. This peace is from another realm. God dwells in complete peace. Nothing troubles Him, for he has no fear of being overtaken. 

We lose our peace when we fear loss or believe that something negative will overtake us or harm us.  The peace of God comes to comfort us and let us know that we are safe. It bypasses logic and circumstance.  We cannot understand it with our reason because it is beyond our reason. Yet, how do we avail ourselves of this precious commodity?

We simply come to God in childlike faith sitting gently on His lap and resting in His Presence because His Presence is always saturated with peace. We must see Him in all circumstances.  While we may feel agitated, we can let go of that agitation and know that He is in complete control and because of that we are safe. This is less of a mental assertion and more of a faith-filled encounter that comes from sitting with the Prince of Peace. His peace, the peace that emanates from Him, the peace that He gives to us, is stronger than the agitation of our circumstances. 

We, as believers, can often hold true thoughts in our minds, but this is not enough. We must surrender to the peace of God in our bodies and our souls. In a sense, the agitation that robs peace is our feeble human attempt to summon strength or power from within to meet a danger. The peace of God is a more formidable force than worry or consternation. As we reject agitation and learn to receive the gift of peace, we will transform our inner life and the lives of those who encounter the peace of God that we carry. Maranatha.

Rose-Marie Slosek came to know the Lord in the early nineteen seventies and has a passion for organic church and the maturing of the Body of Christ. She loves to connect people and build healthy community in small groups. She travels widely and assists several mission teams. Rose-Marie also serves Women of the Word on their Board of Directors. She can be reached at email 
rmslosek@comcast.net