Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds. Philippians 4:6-7
Sometimes we do not know the power of a thing until we fully experience it. Peace is one of those things. In our society peace when encountering hardship or struggle is often viewed as passivity, laziness or apathy. If we are kingdom citizens who read the word and have been to Bible study more than three times, we should realize that kingdom principles often contradict societal norms. According to Christ we are not to be consumed by worry and preoccupied with trying to control tomorrow (Matthew 6:25-34). We have to give up our lives in order to truly live and deny ourselves to follow Him (Luke 9:23-24) and there is no profit in a person gaining the whole world and losing their soul (Luke 9:25). Other hard teachings Jesus taught: love your enemies (Matthew 5:43-48), forgive others over and over; your forgiveness is attached to it (Matthew 18:21-35), do not judge lest you be judged (Matthew 7:1-6). Yes God does not do things the same way we do them in society. THANK YOU GOD!
So it is with peace. In the wake of turmoil, tragedy and trial we just want out! When it comes to sickness, death, financial lack, relationship challenges and overwhelming disappointment we just would RATHER NOT. But the truth is that the Word of God in written form nor the Living Word, our Christ ever tells us nor gives any indication that life will be completely trouble free during this life and dispensation before Christ returns. That is why we are given what we need to endure when we receive Christ as Savior. We have the Holy Spirit living in us and the word of God working for us. As we become intimately familiar with God through prayer, reading and meditating on His word we become more inclined to trust Him and take Him at His word. That is when peace stands guard over our mind.
Peace from the preparation of the gospel along the full armor is not optional, it is a must. Your shield is faith. Truth holds you up and in girding you faithfully. The helmet of salvation covers you and protects. Righteousness is boldly displayed across your chest. The sword of the Spirit is wielded against every thought (or situation) that tries to create a stronghold that exalts itself up against the knowledge of God. Trouble lurking? Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness surfacing and the sword is there slicing and dicing them up until they, once largely looming over the firmament of our thinking and existence, have become so small they are now pebbles under our feet. That comes through prayer and supplication, our making our requests known to God and believing Him to be Mighty Deliverer Faithful and True.
That is why I absolutely love the movie The Book of Eli. Denzel's character was a portrait of peace in the craziest of circumstances. He was not an instigator or provocative but always prepared for whatever came his way. Problems, evil and people would rise up against him. He would not become loud or belligerent but wielded the knife when necessary; disarming, disemboweling and destroying the opposition, making them as fools. You say yes but something bad happened that he could not change and it killed him. But he had an assignment that he knew that he must complete and he did not let go, he did not give up, he refused to die until his work was finished. Though critically wounded and the sacred book stolen the word was so hidden within his heart that he recited it word for word and thought for thought and then he layed down and died. However that was only after having given the next generation traveling companion a glimpse at compelling purpose and teaching her how to fight. And he did it all blind and homeless, because peace was his guard and his purpose and calling were his passion; both day and night.
Let peace keep guard traveler; just stay on the journey. Purpose calleth.