There are days in life, when, for whatever reason it may be, we are filled with uncertainties–days when life as we know it seems very temporary–days when we truly know not what to expect next. Such are days when the peace of Christ is very, very precious indeed.
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” ~Colossians 3:15
Scripture often connects this true inner peace with thanksgiving towards God. Strangely enough, as it might seem at first glance, this thanksgiving is also the fear of the Lord. The one who truly fears God, believes his word; the one who believes his word, thanks him with true joy of soul, regardless of how terrible outward circumstances are–for God does care for his own, assuring them that all things he sends their way are for his glory, their good, and the good of his church. When we fear God, he gives us peace. When we recognize that God is God and submit our wills to him, he blesses us with a quietness and peace in our innermost being–with the peace of Christ.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:4-7
I praise God for his marvelous mercies to us in Christ Jesus, our Lord!