Heart Guard

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:7.

Too often we are told we must protect ourselves by being tougher than the other guy or girl.  The world does not admire weakness nor excuse anyone who fails to pass the test—unless you’re a person who thinks equality is about inherent privilege rather than hard work and accomplishment.  The whole idea of being at peace from the general vantage point of pretty much everyone around us is that accomplishment grows naturally out of gaining the advantages of the rich.  So, instead of making sure everyone develops good character we try to make sure everyone has the same education options, financial freedom, etc., or we tell them to climb the ladder of success.  To some it’s merely a game of chess where the best player wins.

The problem with every solution we come up with to deal with the issue of inequality is that no where do we mandate a character change in those who are in control of the means to making things equal or the ones receiving the benefits of the program.  Reading certain authors like Victor Hugo, etc, you’d think the only reason there’s crime in the world was because of the class system.  Yet if people look at it without the rose colored glasses of humanistic bias, they recognize some of the biggest crooks in the world’s history were people who were highly educated, wealthy and powerful.  If equality is based on someone’s financial advantages, then something went wrong with Hitler, Stalin, King George and host of other tyrants.

Money might be a bulwark against poverty and starvation in bad economic times, but it holds no sway over natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis and hurricanes.  As far as I can tell, money doesn’t bring anyone peace of mind either.  Those who have it are always shoring up their store of it in order to not have to worry about it.  These people also worry about losing it so much they make laws about everything they can think of that might take it away from them.  I think it is odd (and I’ve said this before) a person spends more time in prison for embezzlement and fraud than they do for a sexual crime.

Paul gives no wiggle room here.  The peace of God goes outside the human understanding or capacity to create it.  It’s so far beyond our comprehension that to the casual observer it makes no sense and thus is open to suspicion.  The apostle troubleshoots this in 1 Corinthians 1 & 2 where he tells us the message of the gospel is a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles.  If we want a truth that cuts through objections based on its human logic alone, we will be sadly disappointed, for the very premise of our salvation comes from the most illogical solution imaginable.  A dead god.  Whoever heard of such a thing saving anyone?

Jesus told the disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  John 14:27.

How much we trust Jesus’ word on the matter will be how much His peace reigns in our hearts.  Notice His peace is not like the type the world gives; it comes from another source entirely.  In my last blog entry I tried to talk about how we get this peace in detail.  Of course, the real means to peace can be boiled down to a simple heading:  Have the mind of Christ.  But thinking like Jesus is more complex a task for us than many of us will admit.  It takes small, incremental steps of submission and obedience to reach such a goal.  Yet when we do the rewards are infinite.

All this aside, the peace of God is the guardian of our hearts.  He gives us peace beyond which we can think or imagine; meaning it has to be outside our natural human experience.  If we know a peace in spite all the reasoning known to mankind, something supernatural is occurring.  This type of peace keeps our hearts from wandering into internal dark territory by the sheer power of its presence.  What better guardian of our faith then a peace which cannot be explained as coming from any known form of human origin.

Our doctrine will not keep us safe.  The body of Christ will never keep us secure, though they will be a means of encouragement and correction.  The thing that keeps us protected from doubt, secure in loss and unmoved by trouble is the peace of God which transcends all human understanding.


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One Response to “Heart Guard”

  1. tlc4women Says:

    The peace is God is knowing that while I may not be safe in the journey we select, I’m in good hands.

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