Perfect Peace

Scott Stevenson

"You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you."  Isaiah 26:3

What a beautiful verse, planted at the beginning of what I like to call, “The Reckoning”.  Isaiah 26-27 refers to Isaiah’s pronouncement of judgment on the “whole earth” per the Lord.  As we read the Bible, not once has God said that He was going to do something and has not done it.  That means God’s promise is more guaranteed than by me taking my next breath.  So if God makes a promise to those who believe in Him, you can count it as a done deal…both good and bad.

Can we even imagine God almighty laying waste to the earth and her inhabitants who have not received the free gift of Jesus Christ?  Well, that is what Isaiah 23:1 is saying:  “Behold, the LORD will empty the earth and make it desolate, and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants.”  We automatically want to minimize what we read because it sounds so terrible…well it is terrible!  But please don’t minimize it.  A healthy fear of the Lord is good (Prov. 9:10).  Just because we as little humans are limited, please don’t place our limitations on God…He is unlimited and without a ceiling.  So when the Lord gives us a “carrot” (something good, a promise, hope), we want to seize on that promise and make it ours.  It belongs to us because we are His children.  Thank the Lord that there is still time; hence, the uplifting words of Isaiah 26:3. 

We see so many atrocities being committed from history past to the present day.  We who have faith in the Lord wonder when God’s righteousness will come to fruition.  I know the news today is really disheartening, but do you lose your peace because of it?  Do you lose your peace over trivial things?  I know I do and shame on me.  The flesh is a constant battle, but we should learn to rely on God and on his Word rather than on our feelings.

Peace comes to those “whose mind is stayed on” the Lord.  What does that look like?  If you spend time in the Word (Bible) daily, the Lord will make His words and promises known to you.  You are no longer dismayed by the news you hear, or by the Holy Scriptures you read because you have been given understanding.  You begin to see the whole picture! 

Do you seek the Lord?   

"So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil."  2 Corinthians 5:9-10

There is one mitigating factor in all of this goodness…faith!   That is why it is so important that we give the Lord our all (Deut.6:5).  Not only does the Lord require our whole being, He deserves it.  God gave us His all in Christ; what are you willing to give?

In your coming and going, concentrate on your time with God.  Make the Lord your #1 priority when it comes to time spent.  You will have perfect peace in a world of turmoil.

 

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