The Peace of God

The Bible talks of 2 kinds of peace. One is called peace with God. Romans 5:1 talks about it: “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

You get this peace when you reconcile with God by trusting in the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.  At that point, your sin is forgiven. The enmity between you and God is over. If you die, God will welcome you into His abode because you’re now one of His.

But there is another kind of peace, and that’s the one we’re talking about today. It is called the peace of God. Philippians 4:6-7 says: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

As the name suggests, it is the same peace God has. That is why nothing rattles him. He’s not troubled by whatever’s happening anywhere in the world. He’s concerned about them, but not troubled. There’s a difference. No high blood pressure. It is peace in the midst of storm. It is peace that cannot be explained.

Now, here’s the difference: The first peace secures heaven for you; the second one secures you on the earth. It shields you from all the fiery darts life throws at us. It is the peace that keeps you calm when others are losing their head.

The big question is: How do I get this kind of peace? The Bible offers 2 ways: First, refuse to be anxious. As humans, it seems anxiety is built into our system. It is our default when we face any negative situation. But the Scripture says don’t! Don’t go into that mode. Worrying solves no problem. It does nothing!

The second thing is to present whatever may want to bother you to God. Whatever is big enough to unsettle you, take it to the Lord in prayer. When we do that, the Bible says we’ll experience the peace of God in a way that we cannot explain. And if after prayer that peace is not there, it’s a call back to the place of prayer. Pray some more!

Colossians 3:15 says you need to “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.” In other words, let the peace of God decide every matter with finality.