â€œAnd the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.â€ (Philippians 4:7)
For generations, most of the worldâ€™s people have longed for peace, but the world continues to be at war. Evolutionists attribute this to ages of violent evolutionary struggle; the Bible attributes it to sin!
But it is wonderfully possible to have real personal peace even in a world at war. This is what the Bible calls â€œthe peace of God,â€ and it surpasses all human understanding because it is provided by the God of peace, for the writer continues, â€œThe God of peace shall be with youâ€ (v. 9).
The God of peace!Â There are some wonderful promises associated with this beautiful name of our Lord. For example: â€œThe God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortlyâ€ (Romans 16:20). Also: â€œThe very God of peace sanctify you whollyâ€ (1 Thessalonians 5:23).
The provision of Godâ€™s perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3) is specifically invoked in 2 Thessalonians 3:16: â€œNow the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means.â€ Perhaps the greatest promise of all is implied in the concluding prayer of the book of Hebrews: â€œNow the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, throughÂ Jesus Christâ€ (Hebrews 13:20-21).
There is only one other reference to the peace of God: â€œAnd let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankfulâ€ (Colossians 3:15). The peace of God, from the God of peace, can rule in our hearts if weÂ letÂ it rule in our hearts. Then, as promised in our text, it will also keep our hearts! HMM