In the Bible God does not cover-up the reality that this world is harsh, cruel, and sometimes unbearable. He makes it clear that we will have trouble. “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). But He also tells us that “this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come” (Hebrews 13:14).
I don’t know about you, but acknowledging the unrest in my soul that comes from living in this world is comforting to me. It comforts me knowing that God knows, and it gives me perspective to not be surprised when tragedy comes, to almost expect it, but also to remember that this world is not the end. We should feel a tension between our current reality and what we know is possible just like the tension we’d feel from homesickness.
Almost eight years ago my husband had a heart transplant. Typically heart transplants are normal medical procedures, but his took a dramatic turn, and he was put on life support and almost died.
For 43 days we lived in another city, him in the hospital and me in the hotel across the street, and people would come to visit us. As our friends and family came, there was a sense I got that they thought I was in denial about what was happening. Sure, I spent many days in the chapel crying and experienced typical signs of distress. But overall this supernatural peace laid over me helping me to know that no matter what happened, it would be okay. It was a feeling I had never felt before, and I knew it was from God.
I am here to tell you that God’s supernatural peace that He promises in Philippians 4:4-9 is real. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
Read through this entire passage of Philippians, and allow God to teach you how to prepare yourself for a tragedy and how to receive His supernatural peace.
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