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Kerry Lytle

May 11, 2024

Philippians 4:7, New Living Translation

"The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

We cannot find our peace and safety in anything in this world. Technological advances that offer us greater ease and luxury in this life cannot give us peace. We cannot find peace or safety in our education, our careers, businesses, money, or worldly possessions. Where does your peace and safety lie? What do you go to when you need peace and rest? What is your source of comfort? Where does your sense of safety come from? Does it come from your paycheck, your house, your parents, your bank account, or the government, etc.?


Nothing in this world or that we can obtain in this life will last. True peace and safety can only be found in the presence of God. When everything else is shaking and uncertain, He is the only constant. In fact, when we begin to seek other things and people for peace and comfort, God will allow those things and those people to disappoint us. Those things will naturally disappoint and fail us. It’s like trying to climb onto something that isn’t strong enough to hold you or trying to sit on a chair that can’t hold your weight – those things will fail you. God wants us to depend on Him and only on Him. He wants us to find our safety and rest in His presence. Any peace outside of Jesus is a false peace. Any sense of safety outside of Jesus is false safety. We each have to evaluate our hearts and ask ourselves where our peace comes from. If the things we depend on come crashing down, will we still feel secure in God?


It’s so easy to get caught up in everything that’s going on around us. It’s easy to find our peace and rest in the wrong things. It’s easy to always run to our phones or to social media for answers or to turn on the TV to get rest and unwind from the pressures of life. But in a time like this, we must learn to run to God’s presence. Don’t get lost in the cares of this life! Don’t get distracted by what is taking place in the world, keep your focus on the Lord. Don’t let social media pull you out of God’s presence! Satan wants to distract us from seeking God for real. He wants us to get so busy with our responsibilities, he wants us to get tied up with current events and trends, he wants us to get super comfortable with the pleasures and comforts of life to the point that we are spiritually lulled to sleep. When your spirit is asleep, you are not aware of what is taking place in the spirit – you don’t know what God is doing and you are not aware of what the enemy is doing/trying to do. You are an easy target for attack because your spiritual defenses are down.


In a world filled with uncertainty and turmoil, the peace of God offers us solace and tranquility. It is a peace that surpasses all understanding, guarding our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.


To experience the peace of God, we surrender our anxieties and worries to Him in prayer. We present our requests with thanksgiving, knowing that God cares deeply for us. In God’s presence we find comfort, assurance, and a quiet confidence that he is in control.


The peace of God is not dependent on our circumstances but on our trust in Him. It is a supernatural peace that defies logic and goes beyond human understanding. As we focus on the Lord and on his great mercy, care, and faithfulness to us, we find peace that transcends the chaos around us.


In every situation, let’s turn to God, seeking His peace. I pray for a heart of gratitude, knowing that God is our source of strength and security. As we abide in Him, His peace will guard our hearts and minds, enabling us to navigate life’s challenges with grace and confidence.

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