The Mind-Blowing Peace of God
We are commanded not to be anxious and to make our requests known to God, and when we do so, we are promised a mind-blowing peace.
Published September 26th, 2016
6 μηδὲν μεριμνᾶτε, ἀλλ’ ἐν παντὶ τῇ προσευχῇ καὶ τῇ δεήσει μετ’ εὐχαριστίας τὰ αἰτήματα ὑμῶν γνωριζέσθω πρὸς τὸν θεόν· 7 καὶ ἡ εἰρήνη τοῦ θεοῦ ἡ ὑπερέχουσα πάντα νοῦν φρουρήσει τὰς καρδίας ὑμῶν καὶ τὰ νοήματα ὑμῶν ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ. Philippians 4:6-7 SBL 6 “Do not be anxious, but in all prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, make known your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, surpassing all of the mind, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (Mine)
do not be anxious,
ἀλλ’ ἐν παντὶ τῇ προσευχῇ καὶ τῇ δεήσει μετ’ εὐχαριστίας τὰ αἰτήματα
but in all prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
ὑμῶν γνωριζέσθω πρὸς τὸν θεόν·
make known your requests to God.
καὶ ἡ εἰρήνη τοῦ θεοῦ
and the peace of God,
ἡ ὑπερέχουσα πάντα νοῦν φρουρήσει τὰς καρδίας ὑμῶν καὶ τὰ νοήματα ὑμῶν ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ.
surpassing all understanding (the mind) will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Command: Do not be anxious. Command: Make your requests known to God. How? Through prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving. Promise: And the mind-blowing peace of God will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. MIND BLOWING PEACE: The word “νοῦν” which the ESV translates as “understanding,” means “mind, or reasoning faculty.” This is literally a mind-blowing peace that God gives us. This isn’t just some random “peace.” This is a peace that our minds cannot comprehend. “The peace of God, surpassing all of the mind.” It surpasses all of our reasoning faculty—all of our understanding. We cannot comprehend the beauty, fullness, or reality of this peace. Isn’t that encouraging? God will give us a peace we cannot even fathom, when in everything, we make our requests known to him and strive not to be anxious. GUARD YOUR HEARTS: The word φρουρήσει means to guard, or to protect. Thayer’s entry for this definition includes “protect by a military guard.” What is it that this mind-blowing peace of God will do? This peace will guard our hearts. This peace, that surpasses our very understanding, will actively (militarily) protect our hearts and minds from fear and worry. God will guard and keep us with his peace in Christ Jesus. We should be people of prayer, constantly making our requests known to God with hearts full of thanksgiving—for the peace he promises to give us and the peace he has given us in the past. Not only does obeying these commands bring God glory, but it also bring us peace and joy and safety of mind. For when we run to God with our worries and requests, we show that our reliance is on Him, and not on ourselves. Christ is greater than our circumstances, greater than our fears. So no matter what’s going on in your lives right now, no matter what is dismaying you, whether it be big or it be little, please run to God with it. “Cast all your anxieties on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)