Today, I am offering a reading from Philippians 4:4-9 at my cousin’s wedding. I love this passage. After calling us to rejoice in the Lord in v. 4, Paul urges us to manifest gentleness to all men because of the immediacy of Christ in v. 5.
Then Paul encourages us in v. 6 not to be anxious about anything but to pray about everything. The result? V. 7 tells us that “the peace of God will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” As is commonly said, the peace of God is not the absence of problems but the presence of God. More importantly, we cannot have the peace of God without having peace with God (through the blood of Jesus Christ).
The passage culminates in Paul admonishing us to purify our thought life in v. 8. Then, he concludes by establishing the expectation for us to practice what we have seen in v. 9. The result? “Practice these things and the God of peace will be with you.”
v. 7–the peace of God will guard you. V. 9–the God of peace will be with you.
What an incredible double promise. God gives us His peace as we prayerfully trust Him with all of life’s problems. But He doesn’t just give us His peace. He gives us Himself–the God of peace. The only thing better than the peace of God (the gift) is the God of peace (the giver).
Let us press on to long for more than just God’s gifts to truly hunger for more of God, the Giver.