God’s joy, to us, is a deep settled contentment, not giddy happiness

Our Payoff for Rejoicing
God’s Peace – Part 1

Scripture Reading: John 14:25-27

Key Verse: Philippians 4:7

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

One of the greatest privileges God provides for those who choose to follow Him is a right to rejoice! This rejoicing is not once in a while, but rather every day, all day! This joy is a deep settled contentment more than a giddy happiness. It is the knowledge that God is watching over us and cares deeply for us. It is the safety of His protection and provisions for life. It is the confidence that all things will work together for good as we love Him and walk with Him.

This kind of faith-filled rejoicing has a wonderful payoff: God’s peace! We have a peace that truly passes all understanding. It’s a peace that settles deep into our soul; a peace that says everything will be alright! The Apostle Paul writes, in our printed key verse, that this peace guards our hearts and our minds. It guards God’s children from the attacks of the evil one.

The devil knows that if we walk in faith, allowing God’s peace to rule our lives, he can’t penetrate that wall of safety. The devil looks for footholds—little cracks in our wall of peace. This is why it is all important to rejoice always, not just when things seem perfect. Rejoicing is our strength because it drives out grumbling and complaining. It’s these two cousins—grumbling and complaining—that give the devil the foothold he is looking for! Let’s determine today that we will rejoice all day long. If we do, the peace of God will be our pay off!

Father, thank you for every good and perfect gift in my life. Thank you for working through the bad and bringing good out of it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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