Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4: 4-7
The Bible is useful for teaching and training, but it is also useful for encouragement, comfort, and help. What a guidebook! People say that Life doesn’t come with instructions, but the Bible is really a blueprint to help us build a wonderful life.
Today, in my devotional book, I read about more than thirty-five million people in the United States who are taking medicine for depression, and how peace of mind is a rare commodity. Without purpose, without hope, without a goal, without wisdom or knowledge, people perish. They die inside as well as outside.
Peace is a universal word. There are monuments all over the earth that acknowledge the idea of peace, the International Peace Gardens, Japanese Peace Bell, Statue of Europe, and more. There is also the Nobel Peace Prize to award those who strive toward accomplishments of great acts of creating peace in the world. Most people really want peace.
Wikipedia has an article that is very inclusive of many aspects of peace, and is found here. It describes the word: Peace is an occurrence of harmony characterized by lack of violence, conflict behaviors and the freedom from fear of violence. Commonly understood as the absence of hostility and retribution, peace also suggests sincere attempts at reconciliation, the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships, prosperity in matters of social or economic welfare, the establishment of equality, and a working political order that serves the true interests of all.
Peace is so much more! It is the absence of anxiety. In this verse, we are told that we don’t have to be anxious about anything. We can pray, petition God, and make our requests known to Him. He will take care of everything. It is right and fitting to be sorrowful when we lose a loved one, are victimized, lose a job, and see so much suffering, but after a time, we need to realize that our lives are in God’s hands. The tapestry that He weaves of our life is full of color, and He is creating the big picture with the different colored threads in our lives. I read a poem in a book called “Tramp for the Lord” by Corrie ten Boom, many years ago. It stuck with me always.
Below is a quote from Corrie Ten Boom: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/741391-life-is-but-a-weaving-the-tapestry-poem-my-life
“Life is but a Weaving” (the Tapestry Poem)
“My life is but a weaving
Between my God and me.
I cannot choose the colors
He weaveth steadily.
Oft’ times He weaveth sorrow;
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I the underside.
Not ’til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Will God unroll the canvas
And reveal the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful
In the weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned
He knows, He loves, He cares;
Nothing this truth can dim.
He gives the very best to them
Who leave the choice to Him.”
In 1 Peter 5:7 we find more encouragement: Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you!
Lord, encourage those who are depressed. Let your peace, which transcends understanding, guard our hearts and minds in Christ. Thank You for caring for us!