Peace Beyond Understanding
“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 4:6-7
One of our favorite words in the human language is “why.” It starts around 2 years old and then just never really goes away. We always want to know why—why we can’t have this, why we must do that, why God made us with this weakness, why He has allowed us to suffer this way. We, in our nature, crave reasons and logic; we crave understanding.
This craving, however, becomes an issue when we look to Scripture. Scripture assures us we are not to rely on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). We are assured God’s knowledge is high above our comprehension (Psalm 139:6), and His ways are something beyond our grasp (Isaiah 55:8-9). Yet, even still, we crave to know the reasons behind the actions of God—so much so we truly believe there is comfort there.
We assure loved ones that “one day” they will understand the full purpose behind their waiting or hardship. We give false promises that God will make all things clear as to why He has us go through the things we do. However, this is not something promised by God. We will not always understand; we will not always get to know the bigger picture of “why.”
But God does promise us something—something we are assured surpasses understanding. It is greater than the perceived satisfaction of feeling like we know why. It is deeper than logic, greater than reason…it is the peace of God—the peace of who He is, the peace of His providence, the peace that He is good and He has a plan.
When we desire to know why—when we crave reasons and logic—understanding is not where our comfort is found. It is found within the peace of God Himself.
Lord, teach me what it means to not rely on my own understanding. In times of trouble, when I want nothing more than to have all of the answers, remind me of Your character instead. Remind me of who You are, of what You have done, and of what You promise You will continue to do.
What are the situations in your life in which you crave to understand like God does? Take some time to reflect today and offer those over to God completely. Begin to unburden yourself from the weight of understanding and ask God what it means to take on peace instead.
Nicole Mason is a born and raised Texas girl with a passionate heart for all things Christ, truth, and coffee. She is newly married and graduated, currently thriving in what it means to abandon all plans in pursuit of God’s will. She received a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, only to be called to seminary her senior year for a masters in ministry studies. She hopes to use her degree as well as her personal devotion to the Gospel to draw women out of self and into truth, so they may know the joys and pleasures that come from laying down our flesh and pursuing God’s glory whole-heartedly.