Philippians 4:4-8 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
4 Rejoice[a] in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.[b] 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The peace of God described in today’s scripture is one of the many blessings God promises his people who pray.
It is important to remember that there is a difference between Christ’s inner peace and what we tend to label as “peace and quiet.” Peace and quiet usually refer to a lack of noise and confusion around us. Something that in the midst of our quarantine may seem more and more difficult to find.
And many, when they think of inner midst carry a picture of someone in a yoga pose, or sitting and meditating for hours on end, or possibly someone who resides in a convent or similar setting. But the truth is, you can have inner peace in the midst of noise and you can have outer “peace and quiet” without any semblance of inner peace.
Paul’s kind of peace is a peace available to all, and it “transcends all understanding” which means that it comes from God. It is not produced solely by our own efforts. God’s peace guards our troubled hearts. In Roman times guards were often chained to their prisoners. Imagine yourself chained to God – or God chained to you because he loves you so much. That is inner peace – the sure knowledge that God’s love is wrapped around us whatever the circumstances might be. All that you need to possess this peace comes with a simple “fill me with your peace, Lord.” Then follow up with these directions from Paul,
Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Then sit back and allow that peace to flow through you.