Does the title sound like a familiar phrase? It comes from Philippians 4:6-7, a passage that has been underlined and highlighted in every Bible and study guide that I’ve owned. You’ll probably recognize it: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
This verse is at once a comfort and a mystery to me. On some level, I think I do understand what it feels like to experience an all-encompassing, overwhelming, unexplainable peace that could only have come from the Father. At the same time, I feel that I will never truly understand it.
Isn’t that true for all of God? Here is what I mean. These verses below point towards aspects of God, and power that is available to His children, that are simply too wonderful for us to fully comprehend:
God’s Love – Ephesians 3:17b-19
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 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.
The joy of the Lord – Nehemiah 8:10
Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
God’s Strength – Isaiah 40:28b-31
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not g row weary, they will walk and not be faint.
God’s Power – Mark 10:27
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
God’s Grace and Mercy – Ephesians 2:4-7
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus
God’s Forgiveness and Compassion – Psalm 145:8-9
The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.
God’s Holiness – Samuel 2:2
There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.
God’s Goodness – Psalm 107:1
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
God’s Steadfastness – Psalm 62:5-8
Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is m rock and my salvation; he is my fortess, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
And, of course, God’s Peace – Philippians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
This brings to mind two questions: How can we ever think that we fully comprehend our God? and How can we ever think that we could do anything without Him, or that anyone/thing could bring us more peace, more love, more certainty, more strength…whatever?
I can be counted among those who have attempted to give the wrong answers to those questions. More than once, truth be told. They are common mindsets, but oh so dangerous. This train of thought has provided me more ideas for the prayers that I should be praying.
Are there any other aspects or verses that have popped into your mind? Please do share!