“Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
This is one of my favorite verses in Scripture. With all we’ve been through this year we definitely need the “peace of God” referred to in this text. Paul, the writer of Philippians, said we are to be “anxious for nothing.” How is that possible in our world today with fears of COVID-19 and its consequences: things like COVID-19 itself, job security, financial difficulties, relationships, and family life?
It’s possible through prayer and supplication (or petition). This is to be done with thanksgiving, acknowledging God as our Creator, our Savior, and friend. The result of these prayers of worship and requests? The “PEACE OF GOD.” This peace, that only God can give us, especially in the midst of everything around us, is more than we can imagine or understand. This peace stands guard at our hearts and minds to protect us from all our anxieties.
The peace we celebrate on the Second Sunday of Advent came into the world as the baby Jesus. He was wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. Born like us to save us from all the world wants to use against us. The Peace of God is one reason Christmas in 2020 is so welcome this year.
About the author:
Kevin Bengtson has worked with Brentwood Benson as a Sales Representative for eleven years. He and his wife, Gloria, will be grandparents for the first time by the time you read this! He is a retired pastor and resides in Antioch, TN.