Have you ever wondered why you could never have peace even after all your struggle to regain normalcy? Well, worry no more_ we all are in the same boat sometimes if not entirely. I will shed light on the meaning of peace from a biblical perspective so that we can kick off together from a point of truth. According to Phil 4:8, God is certain that peace is what we think about. Am sorry it has been that simple! Let’s see how we can employ this finding into fruitful action.
It is safe to recognize that as humans, we have acquired the norm of being in control of our every circumstance. We have been taught since birth that we needed not yield our control. This has not only robbed us of our reliance on our friend Jesus but also the peace that we so dearly need. The thought and or feeling that we have to be responsible for everything that happens unto us are also a facade. According to the 2 Corinthians 10:5, we are under constant attack from the enemy who is the Devil! I need not emphasize more the state one usually is in during a war. I know you are now wondering what this alternate disclosure has to do with your thoughts! Well, it has everything to do with your thoughts since they can be attacked_ John 10:10 says that the Devil comes to steal, kill & destroy… I hope you now understand that you are not entirely on your own while thinking. There is someone who is on the side in the comfort of your ignorance. He comes and fills your mind with all forms of lies in order to upset you. Sooner or later, you are destroyed when you thoughts spiral out of control into depression!
So what’s the solution, you may ask. The solution is in Romans 12:2:
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is_ his good, pleasing and perfect will”
So here is what God wants you to do: Take your everyday, ordinary life_ your sleeping, eating, talking, going-to-work and walking-around life_ and submit it to God as an offering. Having done so, God will be pleased that you are aware that he is the only trusted custodian of your affairs. Don’t become so well adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of maturity, God brings the best out of you and develops well-formed maturity in you. For all these changes to take place you have to allow God into your life so that from then on he can assume ownership of you. After that, attach yourself to a Christian group so that you can grow. Progressively God will direct your steps as he promised in Romans 8:30. You will not be by yourself anymore. The peace that you so much crave will flow into your mind because God will place value adding thoughts into your mind. How do you know the good and perfect will that God has in store for you? Let’s look into that in the next paragraph.
God is so good that he had everything figured out even before we submitted ourselves to him. In Philippians 4:6-9, God challenges us into praying about everything so that his peace which surpasses our understanding will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus [6-7]. That is why in the beginning we agreed that we need protection from the enemy. God himself promises to protect our minds from crazy thoughts and our hearts from sickening feelings once trouble strikes. God thus warns us at the beginning of verse six not to be anxious about anything. How do we accomplish this? We do it by praying about everything. The elusive peace will then guard us from the buts, and ifs, what ifs and the I wish I knew mentality we have so much mustered.
God wipes out our quest to rush into regaining normalcy with out-of-this-world-peace. From verse 8-9, God then recommends what we ought to think about so as to retain the God-given peace. He says that:
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable_ if anything is excellent or praiseworthy_ think about such things.  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me_ put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
I was astonished to finally realize that there is no psychological or rational explanation as to how we would acquire peace except a biblical one. We all had it figured out wrongly! So from today go on and practice what you have discovered. Join me and others to live out a peaceful life in an honest and truthful way. This is what God intended from you_ peace beyond our understanding. Will you accept it or will you continue to pant in the heat of trying to sort everything out the way the world has taught you?