A peace that surpasses all understanding.

This week's devotional is from Pastor Art Greco.

ENCOUNTER:

Some experiences of peace are quite logical.  You are stressing over how to cover your mortgage payment your banker calls to inform you that an anonymous donor has covered the next three months for you.  Almost instantly you transition form stress and concern to calm and rejoicing.  Of course you do.  That’s a well-reasoned peace.  

But other times the peace we feel can’t really be traced to anything so measurable as that.  Sometimes it defies understanding.  Like the example above, this peace is the result of a gifting, but unlike it, none of the circumstances that caused the stress in the first place have changed.  It’s a peace that surpasses all understanding – goes beyond reason – defies logic.

YOU HAVE IT SIMPLY BECAUSE GOD DECIDED TO GIVE IT TO YOU.

BE REFLECTIVE:

The advent peace that the angels promised the shepherds on the night Christ was born was/is a courageous, “activistic” peace.  It stands strong in the face of fear and moves resolutely toward challenge.  Have there been times in your life when God has been offering you that kind of peace but you’ve talked yourself out of receiving it ... primarily because it made no sense to have it?  Have you prayed for peace, received what you prayed for, and then dismissed it because there was no rationale for it in the first place?

Why is it that so few of us can simply enjoy the peace we might experience unless we can figure out why we or anyone else (other than God) did something to cause it?  That might be a very interesting question to pray.

BE A BLESSING:

Have you been cared for by God through the experience of peace that “surpassed all understanding”?  Do you know of anyone who might find encouragement in the hearing of your story?  Then, for goodness sake, tell them.  You might just give them enough strength and hope to keep going until things actually do change for the better in their life.

“Lord, giver of hope and unwarranted, unexplained, illogical peace:  bath your church and your world in that peace today – even if we have no idea of where it came from or why it came.”

Amen