Then. . .

Many times in conversation, you encounter the word then. It makes you stop because you have to know what came before to fully understand the “then”. If you just continue on, you will be lacking in understanding.

The Apostle Paul began Philippians 4:7 with then. It says, “then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ. One of the definitions of then is afterward. So what needs to happen before you can experience God’s wonderful peace? To answer that question you need to read the verse that comes before.

So the verse before says, “Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life,” So to experience God’s wonderful peace you have to exchange worry for prayer. Life pulls you in different directions. There are so many things that need your attention that if you are not careful, you might be running around like a chicken without a head.

Worry shows a lack of trust in God. It says that you are not certain that God can handle the issues you are facing. You might be saying, “You have no idea about the challenges I face in my life!” And I will say to you, “You have no idea how powerful my God is!”  He has a track record of handling issues that are beyond the ability of man to resolve.

The challenges you face are nothing for Him; however, God responds to prayer. Listen to what the Apostle Paul says, “Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude.” So we must be saturated in prayer. Saturated means something is totally soaked with moisture. So your faith-filled conversations with God in prayed must consume your day.  That does not mean that you cannot function because you are engrossed in prayer. Instead, you remain in the presence of God throughout your day as, you give thanks while waiting for God to answer your prayers.

Now when you do this, then God’s wonderful peace comes in and saturates your life. Peace does not come in a vacuum. God’s wonderful peace comes as a result of prayer and thanksgiving. “Then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ.

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