Sunday, 10 May 2020

Fruits of the Spirit: Peace

Philippians 4:4-7

I used to go sailing every year across the English Channel. It was so exciting and often with dramatic winds and waves. A hymn comes to mind!

Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
when the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,
will your anchor drift or firm remain?

Yet however furious the storm or high the waves I was not afraid or anxious but full of joy! What a privilege to be out at sea and I was totally confident both in the ship and more importantly the Skipper, who in fact turned 80 this week!

Yes there was risk and danger and a powerful sea beyond my own skill or strength, BUT I was not afraid for I trusted in my good friend and Captain of the ship

And so all of us are facing huge risk and insecure times unlike any in my lifetime. We face an invisible enemy beyond our control and a shipwrecked economy. But Philippians 4 tells us in all things rejoice! We have an anchor that keeps the soul, steadfast and sure while the billows roll, fastened to the Rock which cannot move, grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love.
And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard and keep as Paul says ‘our hearts and minds’! Our faith and confidence in this time of trouble is not mindless or sentimental. It is rather a supernatural peace. It is a peace that surpasses understanding that is centred on the ONE higher than ourselves. We are fastened to the Rock that cannot move, grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love. God bless and keep you all.