By Barry J. Keurulainen
Before you begin, read Isaiah 26:3 - 4.
“Halt! Who goes there?” These are the words of a sentry on guard.
Paul is in prison as he writes, chained to a Roman guard night and day. But he is also guarded by something much stronger - the peace of God standing watch over his heart and mind.
God promises to guard us with the same peace, but when we begin to doubt his power or his love, worry creeps into our hearts. Fickle and insecure feelings run rampant. Anxious thoughts grip our hearts and minds. We are left feeling divided and torn.
Be calm - the peace of God is your anchor. It stands guard.
The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7 ESV).
This verse is the only time the phrase “the peace of God” is used in the Bible. Other Scriptures promise peace with God and peace from God, but this is different. The peace of God is the absence of any division or conflict. There is harmony in Paul’s whole being - a harmony that belongs to us, too, because the Father gave his Son to suffer in our place.
No matter what happens, that harmony is ours. The peace of God is on duty, constantly calming our minds and quieting our hearts.
Prayer starter: Father, you are the answer to my anxiety when . . .
Editor’s note: Today’s devotion comes from CTA’s men’s ministry theme Anchored in Christ. With this devotion book, believers can follow the life of the apostle Paul, learning about his strength, witnessing how God’s blessings sustained his faith, and renewing their own faith in Jesus and his promises.
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