Today the Stock Market hit an all time low; we found out that more stores will be closing which means more people being laid off, which will mean more and more difficulties in our nation. Just after a weekend where the fires in our area destroyed so many homes and forced so many out of their homes for a very stress filled weekend.
I thought that now more than ever the scriptures really become life giving…scriptures like…
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. NIV
Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. NIV
The peace that comes from the world comes and goes like waves depending on what we have or what we are getting…stuff that can be taken very quickly. If our peace comes from that we will always be on a roller coaster of emotions tossed back and forth and up and down waiting for the next thing to give us peace but the peace of God transcends all of that. I love the word transcends, it means
1. To pass beyond the limits of
2. To be greater than, as in intensity or power; surpass
3. To exist above and independent of
So the peace of God passes all of our understanding, is greater than we can understand in intensity and power and is exists above our understanding. This powerful peace is able to stand guard over our hearts during times just like this; in fact these are the kind of times this peace truly shines. When we cannot understand how this could be happening, what we can do and how we will survive…the peace of God is available. This peace covers us, fills us and surrounds us and it is in that peace that God is able to comfort our hearts and give us grace and wisdom for the moment.
Without the peace of God we are overwhelmed because our bodies don’t handle this kind of stress well, they aren’t made for the stress the world gives they were made to be so close to God that we would always live in His peace.
So I pray that no matter what your crash is or what fire is near you that you will know the true peace of God and receive His transcending grace and wisdom. In this hour we are desperate for it!