Isaiah 26:1-4 (NLT) In that day, everyone in the land of Judah will sing this song: our city is strong! We are surrounded by the walls of God’s salvation. Open the gates to all who are righteous; allow the faithful to enter. You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.
Perfect peace. Is it possible to live in complete and total peace? Can we live unaffected or impacted by life with all of its up and downs? Disappointments? Tragedy? Or even death? Peace is a mind that is free from annoyance, distraction, anxiety or an obsession. Peace is also the state of non-warring conditions usually regarding nations or countries. It is freedom from strife and dissension. Our mind wars with our spirit to invalidate any and all belief in God through Jesus Christ. To surrender our life to the Lord is to submit our flesh to crucifixion so naturally there is a will to survive called pride. Peace is found in our ability to unite our life with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. Though peace and rest are available to every believer, all of the time. It is one’s ability to step into that “kind” of relationship that determines the outcome. You will keep in “perfect peace” all who trust in You. All whose thoughts are fixed on You. Trust in the Lord always. Let’s look at the last statement on more time. Trust in the Lord always. Trust IN the Lord…always.
We must learn to trust “in” the Lord always. Verses 1-2 are “In that day, everyone in the land of Judah will sing this song: Our city is strong! We are surrounded by the walls of God’s salvation. Open the gates to all who are righteous; allow the faithful to enter.” Allow the faithful to enter. We enter into faith. I cannot stay right where I am and walk by faith. I must step out of the boat and walk to Jesus on a continual basis to test the parameters of what I believe. It is “in” Christ that we find faith. We must enter in. To have the Peace of God – we must learn to live at peace with God. Out of darkness. Apart from sin. To consistently submit to His Will and stop pursing our own will. Still want perfect peace?
Matthew 6:9-13 (NLT) Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.
Peace with God is a process of trust. Peace has no worries. To pray the Lord’s Prayer each day and mean it without adding a long list of the things that we want God to do or how we want Him to do it. Peace with God is to completely rely on His Word and His Way for our life. You good with that all day…every day? Yeah, me either. Life is a faith process. Trusting the Lord for the things that we cannot see and do not control are easy because we can’t do anything anyway. It is when we have a choice that we are challenged to continue to love and trust Him.
Matthew 14:28-32 (NLT) Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped.
Peter called to the Lord, “If it’s really you…” Peter was exercising his newfound faith a little. Jesus said, “Yes, come.” So Peter went over the side of the boat. But then life happened, it always does. Natural circumstances exhaust our faith quickly. Distractions open the door to doubt. Fear sucks us under. We cry out to Jesus who catches us every time. Let me something out there today. Peter’s life and purpose was never ever compromised. His inability to believe this time did not change the outcome of his life. Is it you, Lord? Yes. Tell me to come. Yes, come. What happened? He did not believe. He did trust the Word of the Living God as much as the surrounding conditions. So he cried out to the Lord again…”Save me, Lord.” Could it be that part of process takes time and it is our inability to trust, believe and endure that keeps us from finishing the course? Yep.
Matthew 6:25-27 (NLT) “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
Jesus told us later in Matthew 6 “not to worry about everyday life.” Do you ever worry? Yeah, me too. When I am worrying – it is that exact moment that I am not trusting the Lord. Every time I worry, stress or become anxious about something in my life – I step out of the Peace of God. Jesus provides us rest for every moment but I choose to live “in” peace that passes understanding or I chose not to. It is my daily and personal choice.
Do you worry about food? Do you stress over schedule? Do you get anxious about finances? Do you know that you are “far more valuable Him than” any other creation? If we could just grab hold of God’s Perfection? His Sovereignty? His Plan? His Will? If we could just trust the Lord with our whole life, we would live in His Peace. Peace is a place traveled in our pursuit of God and His Presence. We cannot take our worries, cares, stresses, distractions and anxiousness to that place. We must remain completely and totally trusting Him to have such peace.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT) Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Perfect peace is found in total trust. Peace is only possible in the absence of worry. Peace is produced by faith in Jesus Christ alone. Peace is to believe God at His Word. Peace is not an external reaction, but internal response to who God is and all that He promises. Peace is found in Jesus. Peace is the Presence of God. We are able to enter God’s Presence, because of Christ and our faith in Him. We must have faith to have perfect peace. God has peace for us that exceeds anything we can understand. It guards our heart and mind as we live “in” Him. Thank you Lord for the possibility of perfect peace!
Proverbs 14:30 (NLT) A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body…