Receiving the Lord’s deep peace – This week’s Vicar’s thought

Receiving the Lord’s deep peace

St Paul makes it sound so simple! ‘Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand’[1]. Paul had many, many worries – so do we. He said pray about everything, for God knows our every need, nothing is forgotten or more importantly out of his care. Live a life thanking God that this is true, and give thanks over and over again as we discover the truth that God’s peace does then come to us when we do this. But Jesus makes it quite clear, this peace is ‘a gift the world cannot give’[2] . It is a gift from his Father in heaven, to be received as we love Him and put our faith in Him. Jesus said he would die for us and rise again, and that he was telling his disciples these things so that when they did happen they might believe [3]. He couldn’t be plainer. As many of you know, my own father died last week. Someone wrote to me, ‘We would like to give you an assurance that you are loved and the good Lord is in complete control of everything’. This I indeed believe, but need to continue go that way every day, just as I did the day I first believed. May you too discover the
peace of God that is beyond understanding, as you put your faith in Him.
[1] Philippians 4.6-7
[2] John 14.27 3 John 14.29