Stay In Perfect Peace
By Dave Butts
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You” (Isa. 26:3).
I don’t know about you, but perfect peace seems like an impossibility. With everything going on in the world around us, not to mention the confusion of thoughts within us, we wonder how such a promise could be made. It helps, of course, when it is God Himself who made the statement. That puts this promise in a whole new light. It also helps for us to understand what is meant by perfect. Biblically speaking, perfection refers more to maturity or a level of completion. Here is the truth of the matter…God wants you to live in mature peace in your life and He is willing to commit to keep you in that place of peace.
“You will keep in perfect peace…”
The Prophet Isaiah gives us insight into how this works in a very practical way. The first and most important part is God’s part. God commits to keep us in perfect peace. Without this commitment, it will not work. Peace is a gift of God, not simply something we work on. Jesus offered peace as something that came from Him.
“…those whose minds are steadfast…”
God’s commitment to keep us in perfect peace is not without our part. We are to have our minds stayed on God. Perhaps an easier way of saying this is the New Testament command to fix our thoughts on Christ. What are you thinking about? What is your mind stayed on? It is impossible to have a mind filled with peace if our thoughts stray from the Lord. He keeps us in perfect peace when we fix our thoughts on Him who is the source of peace. Over and over again, we are commanded to guard our hearts, to be careful what we are thinking about. Peace comes from a mind that is focused on God.
“…because they trust in You”
According to Isaiah, the third part of walking in perfect peace comes from trust. This is the combination of the nature of God and the work of man. We keep our minds fixed on God because we trust Him. But we trust Him because He has shown that He is worthy of all our trust. He is the eternal One, always faithful, always worthy of our trust. Because of who He is, we trust Him. This brings peace….
Lord Jesus, I am so grateful that You are not only a God of peace, but that You want to pass that peace to me. You literally commit Yourself to keep me in peace. Help me to do my part. Help me through Your Spirit to keep my mind stayed upon You and to trust You in every way.
Today, choose to fix your mind and thoughts on Jesus, the Shalom Giver. Remind yourself of how He has been trustworthy in the past by thinking of those times He worked in amazing ways in your life.
– Taken from PRAYER, PEACE and the PRESENCE of GOD by David Butts. © 2017 by David Butts. Published by PrayerShop Publishing. Used by permission. www.prayershop.org.