Philippians 4:4-7 (NASB) 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Paul is illustrating two very powerful items in the Christian life, which are joy and peace. However, without peace it is very difficult to have joy. There is such a relationship between the believer and God that request can be made unto the Lord and God’s peace surrounds the believer’s heart. The idea that Paul uses in verse seven is that God literally stands guard around His child’s heart and gives sweet peace. However, if something is allowed to breech that peace then the joy in verse four will elude the believer’s grasp. Just think about it for a moment. When are you least likely to be in a good mood and happy? You lose your joy when you begin to worry and fret about problems and difficulties. It is is much like warfare because if the opposition can breech the battle line and infiltrate the enemy’s territory then the war could be lost. Think about D-Day as the Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy. It gave the Allied forces a foothold in Europe where they could begin to push back the enemy. How in the world am I supposed to live a life of peace in such a depressing world? Verse six is pivotal in this special relationship and living a life of peace. We all have problems; however, we must understand who is in control. We bring our difficulties to the Lord, leave them with Him, and TRUST Him. We trust Him because we know that He is the only one who is able to do anything about anything. So in reality peace comes from a life of trusting the Lord because we know that He is going to take care of His children. Then and only then can my heart rejoice because I know that even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil. How can I have such peace? Because I know that God is with me! Go ahead and rejoice in the Lord as you continue to trust the loving hand of God who literally guards your heart.