May your love and faithfulness always protect me. For troubles without number surround me (Psalm 40:11b-12a)
There are always troubles of one kind or another just from living in this fallen world of ours. Each day these difficulties can bug and trouble me if I let them, even when I am much less exposed to troubles than many, many other people. One recent example was when I felt frustrated that something that wasn’t working correctly on an internet site login—only to realize that the silly problem would be automatically resolved by simply logging in one day later –there was no rush– why did I fret?
The Psalmist had a good experience of the Father’s protection. But he lived before the coming of Jesus. We, however, have the huge benefit of being able to enter into and dwell in the Son’s presence. Because we can, we have an amazing, special way to experience supernatural calm.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Phillippians 4:7)
The Bible encourages us to have mature scriptural wisdom. I love studying the Bible; I have many verses in memory; I have a mental understanding of many concepts — but that can only go so far. For despite what I think I know, I am puzzled when I do not get answers to prayer right away or see why God is doing or allowing something.
It’s times like this when I desperately need God’s peace!
And there’s something beyond our knowledge even greater than God’s peace—it’s Christ’s love.
Paul prays that Christians May have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:18-19)
When we are in the middle of a storm and everything is hitting the fan, I agree with Paul—I pray that you and I be filled with Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge!