DSC_1901You Keep in Perfect Peace All Who Trust in You!

 

There is a line in Isaiah 26, verse three, where the prophet says:

Isaiah 26: 3   Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace— in peace because they trust in you. [1]

 

Isaiah 26 is titled, a “Victory Song of Judah.” The exultation of verse three proclaims that Judah, and anyone else who keeps their mind “Stayed on God”, will have perfect peace. What is perfect peace? To me, perfect peace is a peace that cannot be shaken because of failure, disappointment and even success. Sometimes success will shake a person because they are not prepared to handle acclaim and money. Wealth can be a problem if a person does not know what to do with it. Think of the persons who come into money and go buck wild purchasing more cars and homes than they can handle.

It is not just wealth that can tear a person in pieces. Failure and disappointment can lead to depression and misery. A “Perfect Peace” is a peace that can rise above disappointment and level the pride of success. “Perfect Peace” comes when a person can focus their mind on Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of faith. “Perfect Peace” will give you joy in the worst of times and a even temperament and perspective on the best of days.

I encourage you this day to keep your mind “Stayed on Jesus” and what you will find is a joy that transcends joy, hope that cannot be diminished, love that supersedes earthly love and a peace that is perfect.

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What does “Perfect Peace” mean to you?
  2. How does a person obtain “Perfect Peace”?
  3. What is an “Imperfect Peace”?

 

Prayer: Lord, in you I seek a perfect peace. Show me the way to an inner peace that cannot be torn apart. Lead me in the path of righteousness for the sake of your name. Amid the storms of life, at the height of my joy and accomplishment, keep my mind stayed on thee. Grant me your grace. Shower me with your mercy. Touch me with your love, and this day, fill me with a perfect peace. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.

 

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Is 26:3). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.