Faith In Jesus Gives Peace

“Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Jesus Christ.”
– Philippians 4:6,7

A few years ago, my family experienced an armed robbery in our house where they and friends were tied up, cursed, beaten, abused, and robbed. I was traveling back from a preaching engagement when it happened. My wife prayed and called out to God, thinking about Philippians 4, specifically verse 6. They received His peace and presence and experienced His protection through the ordeal.

All people long for true peace and rest. Many people seek peace in places, such as entertainment or pleasure; others look for it in full programs, money, power, status, or sensuality. In all of these things, it still evades those who seek it.

God designed His peace and rest to be the only thing that could truly satisfy our needs. God wants all people to experience His rest and peace.

Rest. What is real rest and peace? Is it possible to experience it? Is it adequate to rest physically? Is there something like spiritual and emotional rest? Is it possible to experience perfect peace? The word rest is used 257 times in the Bible. It refers to physical, intellectual, bodily, emotional, or spiritual rest. At times it is used as a verb to express a deed or action, while other times it is used as an adjective to describe some form of rest. So, Scripture teaches us that there are several types of rest that we can experience in different ways and times in our lives. A good night’s rest results in our bodies being well-rested the next day. An enjoyable holiday or break causes us to rest emotionally and recharge our batteries.

Spiritually, God promises the following:
• When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we receive His peace and assurance (John 1:12, 1 John 5:13).
• When we surrender our lives to Jesus, we experience His peace and victory (Galatians 2:20; Romans 12:1-2).
• When we confess our sins, we experience His peace and forgiveness (1 John 1:9)
• When we pray about all things, we receive His peace and answers to prayer (Philippians 4:6-8)

Do you long for peace and rest in your heart, marriage, and family? Whatever you need, whatever problem or challenge you face at this moment, it is not too big for God. He can, and He wants to help you, He promises the following: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matt 11:28-30 – NIV). He is waiting (Hebrews 11:6). Will you come and receive His peace and rest.

Prayer: Father, I confess that so many times, I have been anxious and lived my life without your peace and rest. I accept your invitation to come and receive your peace. Amen