Philippians 4:7 —— And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
The world defines peace as an absence of trouble.
The biblical concept of peace does not focus on the absence of trouble. Biblical peace is unrelated to circumstances; it is a goodness of life that is not touched by what happens on the outside. You may be in the midst of great trials and still have biblical peace. Paul said he could be content in any circumstance; and he demonstrated that he had peace even in the jail at Philippi, where he sang and remained confident that God was being gracious to him.
The peace Jesus is speaking of enables believers to remain calm in the most wildly fearful circumstances. It enables them to hush a cry, still a riot, rejoice in pain and trial, and sing in the middle of suffering. This peace is never by circumstances, but instead affects and even overrules them. But this is divine, supernatural peace; it cannot be figured out on a human level.
The peace of God is the shield of God, and this peace of God guards our heart and our mind. If Satan can succeed in putting manipulating thoughts in our mind, it will definitely enter out heart and produce fear. Jesus says our transformation must start in our mind (inside) and only then will the change be seen in our action and behaviour (outside). Inward transformation begets peace and joy even in the midst of chaos.
Isaiah26:3-4 —– You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord, is everlasting strength.
The fact is, apart from God, there is no real peace in this world. The peace of putting your blinders on, of going to bed and forgetting it, is fleeting and worthless. It is futile pursuit. Godless individuals can never know true peace. They might know only a momentary tranquility–a shallow feeling, perhaps stimulated by positive circumstances mixed with a lot of ignorance.
If you have a troubled heart, my friend, it is because you do not believe God–you don’t really trust His promise of peace. Anxiety is trouble borrowed from either the past or the future. Some people worry about things that might happen. Others’ anxieties come out of the past. But both the future and the past are under the care of God. He promises to supply our future need, and He has forgiven the past. Don’t worry about tomorrow or yesterday. Jesus said, “Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Mathew6:34) Concentrate on trusting God for today’s needs.
Do you have a problem, or a decision to make? Let the peace of Christ make that decision for you. If you have examined a planned action in the light of God’s Word–and His Word does not forbid you from going ahead with it–if you can do it and retain the peace of Christ in your heart, then do it with the confidence it is God’s will. But if you find you do not have a sense of peace and God’s blessing about it, don’t do it.
God’s peace comes to those with the personal discipline to stop in the midst of the maelstrom of life and take time to seek Him. It is a condition of peace that we cease from life’s activity and know Him. He commands, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm46:10) .And to those whose minds are steadfastly fixed on Him, He gives the gift of peace.
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.