Pastor’s Piece on the Master’s Peace #3

You keep him in perfect peace

whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

Isaiah 26:3

 

Isaiah 26:3 tells us that God will keep us in “perfect peace” if our minds are “stayed” on Him, meaning our minds lean on Him, center on Him, and trust in Him. Our tranquility of mind is “perfect” or imperfect to the degree that the “mind is stayed on” God rather than ourselves or on our problems. Peace is experienced as we believe what the Bible says about God’s nearness as in Psalm 139:1-12, and about His goodness and power, His mercy and love for His children, and His complete sovereignty over all of life’s circumstances. It is in times like this that true faith is evident.

HOW IS PEACE ACHIEVED?

Peace is experienced as a result of prayer. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ JesusPhilippians 4:6-7.

HOW CAN I HAVE PEACE IN THE MIDST OF TRIAL?

A peaceful mind and heart are experienced as a result of recognizing that an all-wise and loving Father has a purpose in our trialsRomans 8:28 reminds us that “We know that all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose

God can bring a variety of good things, including peace, from the afflictions that we experience. Even the discipline and chastening of the Lord will

  1. “yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness” in our lives it says in Hebrews 12:11.
  2. Trials like we are facing provide a fresh opportunity for “hoping in God” and eventually “praising Him”. Psalm 43:5 states: “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him,”
  3. Another benefit of going through trials is that they help us “comfort” others when they undergo similar trials. 2 Corinthians 1:4, “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us”. (NLT)
  4. They “achieve for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” 2 Corinthians 4:17.

 

My prayer as we all navigate our way through these trying times that we draw on the Word of God to direct our prayers to God and will find that He will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.