Thursday, July 2, 2015

Peace Through Trust

READ Isaiah 25-26

“You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.” (26:3)

Peace is often an elusive state of mind. Our world does everything it can to destroy peace. From the seemingly innocuous tv commercials that try to create a lack of satisfaction in you so that you simply must purchase their products to the daily events that scream at us from the media, peace is often obscure. But Isaiah says there is perfect peace for a mind that is “stayed” (fixed) on the Lord. Why? Because that person trusts in the Lord.

So Isaiah then gives this admonition to us: “Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.” (26:4) God is trustworthy for all eternity, therefore we should trust in him. And trusting in him leads to peace. First, we have peace with God through trusting in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior (Romans 5:1). Then we have the peace of God when in faithful trust we take all things to him in prayer (Philippians 4:6-7). Jesus said in the upper room, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)

Prayer: Father, the promise of eternal peace with you in the new Zion is a hope that we look forward to with great anticipation. Your promise is secure. And we thank you, Father, that we can know that peace in large measure even now in the midst of this fallen world through the presence of your Spirit with us. Help us, Lord, to trust you.

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