PERFECT PEACE (2)

Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD God is an everlasting Rock

 (Isaiah 26:4, ESV).

In his blog (10-3-09), Roy Lessin wrote:

A basketball fan was watching his favorite team play on a delayed telecast.  The outcome would influence the national championship.  In the final minutes the score was tied.  The tension grew.  The fan, however, sat calmly on the couch without fear or worry.  Why?  The answer is simple.  Before the game started, he heard the final score announcing that his team had won.  In the same way, the believer in Jesus Christ can walk through tense times in perfect peace because he too already knows what the outcome will be.   

Knowing our purpose gives meaning to life.  With a steadfast purpose, we can handle almost anything; but without it, nothing is sustainable.   In despair, Job said, “Leave me alone; my days have no meaning” (Job 7:16).  Isaiah lamented, “I have labored to no purpose; I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing” (Isaiah 49:4). 

Having a steadfast purpose also simplifies life by defining our actions and giving us a foundation on which to base our decisions—what is essential and what is not.   We tend to base our choices on circumstances, our mood, or pressures at the moment. 

Without a purpose in mind, we usually try to do too much—which causes even more stress.  The fact is we always have enough time to do God’s will; so if we find we cannot get it all done, then we’re trying to do more than God has intended.   He will keep us in perfect peace when our minds are steadfast on Him (Isaiah 26:3).  Peace is complete rest in the trusting heart.

Are you facing difficult circumstances and need peace today?   He promises shalom if we lean our full weight on Him.

So, today choose one thing that is disturbing or distracting you.  Deliberately give it to God.   Let it go.  “Trust in the Lord forever; for in the Lord God is everlasting strength” (Isaiah 26:4). Only with Jesus Christ can we live now and for eternity in God’s perfect peace.

Like a river glorious is God’s perfect peace,

Over all victorious in its bright increase;

Perfect, yet it floweth fuller every day,

Perfect, yet it growth deeper all the way.

 

Stayed upon Jehovah, Hearts are fully blest;

Finding as He promised, perfect peace and rest. – Frances R. Havergal, 1874