And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4: 7

 

Sometimes we just require the touch of the supernatural. In our everyday lives there are people, events, and circumstances that overcome all of our inner strength, knowledge, and capacity to endure. When these sorts of pressures are bearing down on me, I have a hard time functioning at the level that I am otherwise capable of doing. It just seems that the external stressors worm their way into my courage, confidence, and reasoning so that I become tense and tentative.

 

Still, there is an inner, deep rooted peace that comes from our relationship with Christ that can take over in these times. This peace comes from our understanding of the truth of who God is and of what knowing Him and being known by Him actually means. The Lord completely understands all of our areas of vulnerability and weakness. He also gave us our skills and talents, and He specifically and personally imparted our giftedness to us. So, He also will open up these areas of strength to us so that we can live well to the glory of Christ in all situations.

 

The main thing that gets in the way of living in the freedom of God’s peace is my own fear and the concern and worry that I allow to take control of my heart and mind. The primary thing that I need to do to change this is to focus on Christ, seek His wisdom, and also turn the troubling aspects of my day over to God. This last thought is particularly true when the point of stress or contention is centered on a person. Then, when I seek the Lord’s intervention to turn the hard relationship into one that brings glory to Him, the Spirit of Christ always does wondrous things in my heart, His grace prevails, and the peace that is found under the cross is given the opportunity to set me free.