And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7). Our wish is to stop being jerked around by circumstances and live in the peace of God. There’s a big difference between our peace and God’s peace. Our peace isn’t constant and secure. We can lose it when circumstances are uncontrollable, when people are unchangeable, and when problems and unexplainable. The thing is, God’s peace is objective and based on our relationship with him while our peace is subjective based on our life experience. John 14:27 tells us, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
Discover more in this teaching by Pastor Joel Pagett.