You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26: 3 -4
Peace . . . Perfect peace. The older I get, the more I realize what a gift it can be. Yes, peace in our nation and in our world is much needed as chaos reigns about us, and we certainly need peace in our families to be able to live with the knowledge that we are loved, valued, and appreciated. But the greatest need for peace lies in our own hearts – the peace of knowing that all is well, that no matter what comes our way, God will be with us. We need to know that we can trust Him to give us whatever is needed – whether it be guidance in making a decision, comfort in times of hopelessness, or strength in times of weakness and despair.
We all need to know and believe that even in the midst of all of life’s difficulties, that God holds us in His hands. No matter how dark our circumstances or how uncertain life may become, if our minds will stay steadfast and focused on trusting Him, He will give us the gift of His perfect peace. How tempting it is to think that the God of the universe has more important things than us and our problems to be concerned with. How often we feel alone and in despair, but His Word promises that Our Creator and Sustainer of life sees and cares about us and wants to meet whatever need we might have.
His peace may not always be the removal of our problems, but it is His presence and His Spirit within us that gives us His strength, His comfort, and His love to get through whatever might lie before us. He wants us to come to Him with our burdens and our cares, and let His love calm our souls and quiet our troubled spirits. “Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal.”
Dear God, help us to keep our minds steadfast on you and not let the fears and anxieties of this world overtake the peace that you long to give us. May we trust in your most gracious and holy name. Amen