How to Find the Peace That Passes All Understanding

Life is full of difficult times and hard circumstances, isn’t it? Things which send us reeling, feeling that life has entered an out-of-control tailspin. Our family is facing one now. Perhaps the hardest we’ve ever faced.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7 WEB

We’ve been through many such times, as I’m sure most of us have. Times when we find it hard to read or pray. Times when we desperately need God’s marvelous peace – but it seems to slip away in a cloud of worry or anxiety. And yet it is in those times that we most need such peace!

Yet God’s peace is not something we can work up. We can not give ourselves pep rallies repeating “I will not worry, will not worry, will not worry.” It just won’t work, especially in extenuating circumstances.

So just how can we grasp and hold on to that peace that passes all understanding even in the hard times?

In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7 WEB

How to find and keep God’s peace:

1. Remember it comes through relationship.

Through the relationship we’ve already cultivated with the Lord. And a constant habit of leaving our burdens with him in prayer. It is that will help us remember that he is near – in good times and in bad.

God was there when Paul and Silas were beaten and thrown into jail. He was there when Christ was nailed to the cross. And he is there during our hard times and trials.

2. We find it by trusting God’s sovereignty.

Realizing that he is full control and working out his greater plans really helps to cancel out all our what-ifs and whys. He had a family’s salvation in mind with the imprisonment of Paul and Silas. And the salvation of humanity through Christ’s crucifixion. And though we may never know why he allows some things, we know he has only good in mind.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,” says Yahweh, “thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11 WEB

Resting in God’s sovereignty brings that peace which transcends our human understanding – because it comes straight down from eternity. From our sovereign God who is working all things out for good. And in that we can rest.

The peace of God can only come from the God of peace.

The peace of God can only come from the God of peace.


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Published by Signora Sheila

Missionary blogger, wife, mom, nonna. Join my simple life journey of faith and missions in small town Italy!

10 thoughts on “How to Find the Peace That Passes All Understanding

  1. Your list of miracles related to your husband’s injury mirror many of the miracles we have witnessed over the years, including my husband’s liver transplant in December: 1) the best doctor for the situation just happens to be the one on duty, 2) support staff know just what to do–including pray for their patients, 3) the best-case scenario unfolds instead of the worst, and 4) hastened healing. But perhaps the miracle most difficult to explain away is the peace God gives that transcends understanding. It makes no sense that during such traumatic experiences, we should feel totally calm and untroubled. On the other hand, even if our circumstances had not turned out as well, God would have seen us through–just as you’ve explained. May I always be ready to honor him, even in the day of trouble (Psalm 50:15)!

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    1. The circumstances were quite similar, for sure! It’s amazing how God sometimes orchestrates things in that way. And yes, I too want to always be ready to honor him – even in the day of trouble. That’s a great scripture to include!! Thanks Nancy!!

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  2. Such scary times. I’m happy you are both here and working. Some years ago I had a surgery that I did not wake up from for 4 days. I know during that time He was letting me know “it’s not time yet, go do what you are to do.” I’m still figuring out what but I’m also sure I will because I’m supposed to.

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    1. Wow, 4 days is a long time! How scary. I’m sure you’re doing what you are supposed to be doing. Remember that this is greatest duty and calling: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever. (Westminster Catechism) So keep on!

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