Saturday, 24 October 2015

Perfect Peace: Sometimes, Scripture Says It All

Sometimes there's nothing profound or enlightening that can be said. Sometimes it's best to let Scripture say it all without thinking that we have something more to add, for to do otherwise, may be misconstrued as simply another pat answer. Sometimes meditating on the Bible is really enough. As I wrestle with some of the struggles in my life this week, and as I read of the pain of other friends on social media and promise to pray for them (for what more can I do?), I am reminded of what the Apostle Paul said to the Philippians. Maybe that really does say it all. Maybe there really is nothing more to be said. Maybe this really is enough. Oh God, have mercy!

"Be rejoicing in the Lord always. Again I say, Be rejoicing. Let your sweet reasonableness, your forbearance, your being satisfied with less than your due, become known to all men. The Lord is near [in that His coming may occur at any moment]. Stop worrying about even one thing, but in everything by prayer whose essence is that of worship and devotion and by supplication which is a cry for your personal needs, with thanksgiving let your requests for the things asked for be made known in the presence of God, and the peace of God which surpasses all power of comprehension shall mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."

Maybe the preceding comes across as a "pat answer" too; I hope not. But I believe that, when there are no words, there is God's Word. Meditate on it. No matter whatever else the world throws my way, no matter whatever else the world throws your way, God is not oblivious to our pain. May we find the necessary strength and desire to pause and to look to Him, rejoicing somehow despite the circumstances, and despite the pain, and may He grant each of us the miracle of His perfect peace.

Perhaps we too can still find a way to "rejoice" in the pain of our circumstance. God bless.

Italic Text: Philippians 4: 4-7; Kenneth Wuest, The New Testament, An Expanded Translation
Photo Credit: Fatima, Flickr Creative Commons

1 comment:

  1. "Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?
    The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.

    Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed?
    To do the will of Jesus, this is rest.

    Peace, perfect peace, with loved ones far away?
    In Jesus' keeping we are safe, and they.

    Peace, perfect peace, with sorrows surging round?
    On Jesus' bosom naught but calm is found.

    Peace, perfect peace, amid suffering's sharpest throes?
    The sympathy of Jesus breathes repose.

    Peace, perfect peace, death shadowing us and ours?
    Jesus has vanquished death and all its powers.

    Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown?
    Jesus we know, and He is on the throne.

    It is enough: earth's struggles soon shall cease,
    And Jesus calls us to Heaven's perfect peace."


    Edward H. Bickersteth, Jr.

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