Day 3: You Lord give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you.
Have you ever experienced true peace? I’m talking about the peace where you don’t have a care in the world. Like when you were a child. You didn’t have to worry about what you were going to eat, what you were going to wear, how you were going to pay the bills, how you were going to finish that report that is due on Monday, or where you were going to lay your head down at night. It seems like now we are always stressed about something. The world is full of things that cause us stress. And once we discover peace in one area of our lives, here comes something else right around the corner to stress us out.
The prophet Isaiah, while experiencing a time of great turmoil and trouble, writes this:
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (Isaiah 26:3 NLT)
What Isaiah realized is it’s hard to be stressed when your trust is in the Lord. He understood that true peace comes from taking your focus off of how big you problems are and focusing on how big your God is. Trust in Christ trumps trust in your career. Thinking about the Savior triumps over thinking about your situation. Fixing your eyes on Jesus forgoes fixing your eyes on your junk.
John records this promise of peace in the 14th chapter of his Gospel:
I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. (John 14:27 NLT)
What John is writing here are the words of Jesus. You can’t find peace in anything this world can offer you. Peace is not found in a position but is only found in the Person of Jesus Christ. If you’re looking for peace in your bank account, you’re not going to find it. If you’re looking for peace in your career, you’re not going to find it. If you’re looking for peace in your education, you’re not going to find it. Peace is a gift and that gift only comes from Jesus. You probably heard it said “No Jesus. No peace. Know Jesus. Know peace.”
Paul, who experienced beatings, inprisonment, shipwreck, and one time was left for dead; writes during one of his times in prison:
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he had 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. (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT)
How can someone who is in prison write these words? It’s because Paul knew that they can take away everything he has, they can beat him, they can throw him in prison; but they can’t take away Jesus. Paul was convinced that as long as he still had Jesus, he had everything he every needed. You can have all the possesions in the world, but if you don’t have Jesus, you don’t have peace. However you can have no possesions in the world, but if you have Jesus, you will experience peace like you have never known.
So if you are reading this and are not experiencing this peace that passes all understanding, allow Jesus to give you perfect peace that is only found in Him. Trust in Him, fix your mind on Him, and He will calm all the storms in your life.