Perfect Peace

I’m not sure what that is but it sounds wonderful.

I run, helter skelter, through my day.  I push and pull, coerce and manipulate.  I believe in myself (at least part of the time) and know my potential and capabilities.  I get to work early almost every day, participate in meetings, advise and pray.  But sometimes I think my only motivation is that I will somehow get noticed, my value will be seen and I’ll be promoted. 

I fret over every red light (even after all that I’ve prayed over and written about).  I struggle so much with seeing every road block as an attack against my dreams and aspirations.  I’m angered by every rude driver and exalt over every time I get in front of the pack (usually through my own acts of rudeness).  I have fear about my days, my family, my job, the worship team, the church and the world.

Perfect Peace

Isaiah wrote that, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”  Ah, but once again, I see it, hear it, out of context.  I want to think that I trust Him because I talk to Him every day.  I want to believe that my mind is stayed on Jesus because I consider him, pray to him.  Verse prior – “He sets up salvation as walls and bulwarks.  Open the gates, that the righteous nation that keeps faith may enter in.”  Verse 5 and 6 then says, “For he has humbled the inhabitants of the height, the lofty city. He lays it low, lays it low to the ground, casts it to the dust.  6 The foot tramples it, the feet of the poor, the steps of the needy.”

But I don’t want to be under the needy.  I don’t want to be humbled and laid low.  I think I’ve been pretty clear that I want to get ahead in life.  I want to be successful.  And all too often, I don’t want to accept my need for God’s armor to surround me.  It is amazing to me that we see hear in Isaiah 26 the same use of salvation as a protector that is seen in Ephesians.  I’m convinced that part of my struggle is that I lose sight of the fact that I still need salvation.  That asking Jesus to come and live in me was only the beginning of saving me.  I will further assert that Jesus didn’t die on the cross just to keep me from burning in hell.  I was redeemed to renew the relationship God always intended between us.  I was bought and paid for by the blood of my Savior so that others would know Him and love Him too.

And what is a better way to reach them than the evidence of Him living in me. 

Let’s face it.  We all would like to know what Perfect Peace is.

And there is only one source!

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