philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
paul’s words here assure us that the peace of Christ transcends our own understanding. that even though we don’t always “get it” we can still be at peace by trusting in Him.
this principle is also at play in others who see the peace of Christ in us as believers. the unbelieving often don’t understand why those who are in Christ can be at peace about certain things.
additionally, peter charges the Church with the responsibility of being able to answer for our hope amidst persecution.
i was reminded of such things recently when i heard an interview with former nfl quarterback, kurt warner.
warner is a professing believer who has been adamant that he’s retired and will stay retired from playing football. when asked if he misses the game he played for several years and was very successful at, he says, “no.” he feels like it’s time to invest in his family in ways he couldn’t while still playing.
similarly, former nfl coach, tony dungy (also a professing believer) maintains that he is retired from coaching and will remain retired.
now these two could totally negate my entire post by coming out of retirement, BUT i think their trust in Christ and the fact that He is sufficient keeps them from grasping for fulfillment in the things of the world.
we’ve seen countless athletes waffle on walking away from their professions. we see people every day search aimlessly for significance, entertainment, worth and fulfillment in anything and everything EXCEPT Christ. i hope, believers, that when you are tempted to do so that you’ll remember the following truths from scripture and that your faith walk in these truths will proclaim the Gospel of Christ… and that you would be able to answer for the hope you have in Him.
2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God find their Yes in [Christ]. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.
Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.