“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You”
This verse is one of the greatest O.T. promises in the Bible—peace made possible by remaining steadfastly focused on our God. When we trust Him, we refuse all other crutches and rely completely on Him for His unwavering support. He holds us up by keeping—guarding, watching over—us with perfect peace, which means shalom in Hebrew.
The secret to shalom is trusting God. He gives complete rest to those who lean steadily on Him for support, to those who trust Him as their immovable, solid Rock (Isaiah 26:4).
The following story (author unknown) gives a vivid illustration of perfect peace:
There once was a King who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The King looked at all the pictures, but there were only two he really liked and he had to choose between them.
One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for peaceful towering mountains were all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.
The other picture had mountains too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky from which rain fell, in which lightening played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all.
But when the King looked, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest …perfect peace.
The King chose the second picture for the prize. Why?
“Because,” explained the King, “peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart.“ That is the real meaning of peace.
Peace is not the absence of storms, but the assurance of God’s presence and protection in the midst of them. We know God is able to bring us through, while refining our faith and character in the process.
Every joy and trial falleth from above,
Trac’d upon our dial by the Son of Love;
We may trust Him fully all for us to do;
They who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true.
Stayed upon Jehovah, Hearts are fully blest;
Finding as He promised, perfect peace and rest. – Frances R. Havergal, 1874