Sunday: October 4, 2020
Phillipians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours]
In the sequences of things, most people say ‘don’t place the cart before the house. In other words, respect the normal order of things. There are times when the order flipped on its head appears to work alright but in many cases, order is in place for a reason. Today’s letter from Paul to the Phillipians is not new to many since it is a go to text very often, usually shortened to ‘be anxious for nothing’
But today, in juxtaposition with Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both [inclination and character], Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation],” Saint Paul sheds some more light. He highlights some secrets to us the first of which is this “that the perfect peace described has two focus points “the mind and the heart”.
The order presented might sound off, but until our hearts and minds truly come into alignment and agreement about what perfect peace really is, it cannot be experienced in its “perfection”.
True peace comes only after a surrendering has taken place.
That is the order: surrender first, then perfect peace follows. It is interesting that the focus isn’t on finding answers, but rather learning to empty our minds of the worries we bear and setting our hearts firmly on the conviction that our peace is in God.