By Robin Sam
And the God of peace will be with you (Philippians 4:9).
THE 4th chapter of Philippians talks about the ‘peace of God’ and the ‘God of peace’. In a span of two verses (7 and 9), Apostle Paul assures the church at Philippi that they will have both the peace of God and the God of peace with them.
The peace of God will guard their hearts and minds through Christ Jesus, while the God of peace will be with them. While the former protects, the latter prevails.
Isn’t it wonderful that God assures His children both His protection and His prevailing presence?
If you are in Christ, you are sealed for the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30). A protected life is not free from troubles. Storms will rock your boat, but they can never drown you. Because God has called you by your name and proclaimed you are His.
‘When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you’ (Isaiah 43:2).
And, if Christ is with you you are indeed a victor. Another time, Paul uses the phrase ‘God of peace’ also underscores that God indeed reigns and overcomes the evil one. In Romans 16:20, Paul says: ‘And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.’
If Christ is the Winner, you are a winner, too. ‘For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith’ (1 John 5:4).
However, God expects you to cast all your cares upon Him. ‘Be anxious for nothing,’ He tells you.
Being free of anxiety does not mean that we empty our mind. Paul asks us to fill our minds with things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely and meditate on those things. ‘Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things’ (Philippians 4:8).
Stay blessed. Amen. Read another devotional.