Peace that Passes Understanding
My father is a singing, guitar-playing pastor while my mother, brother, and I sing as well. I believe this exposure has led me to be very partial to music. It’s enjoyable to read through the Bible and find scripture that so obviously inspired some of the songs and hymns I’ve heard throughout my life.
When you were a child, did you ever sing or hear the song “I’ve got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy”? While the catchy tune, suggesting the devil sit on a tack (Ouch!) was quite satisfying, I never understood the third verse until I reached adulthood: I’ve got the peace that passes understanding…
We read about this peace in Paul’s letter to the Philippian church.
“…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: 6-7 ESV)
It’s strange how one can go from struggling to sing the words to a fast-paced beat to simply reading the phrase and immediately sensing that peace. Granted there have been many years, life experiences, prayers, and Bible studies in between, but that’s all part of growing up; not physically, but spiritually.
The Bible teaches that God is the God of Peace (Romans 15: 33; Philippians 4: 9; 1 Thessalonians 5: 23), and while it’s difficult to relinquish control of our everyday fears and anxiety, it is possible when we have God to comfort us.
Trusting in God is the only way we can have true peace.
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5: 1 ESV)
It is only when we have been saved through faith (Ephesians 2: 8-9) that we can have a relationship with God, who is Lord over all.