Points to Ponder: Your Perfect Peace
Points to Ponder
Your Perfect Peace
Where are you? Where is your peace? You can be arrested for "disturbing the peace" but is there a peace you can acquire that is stronger than the disturbances around you?
I have a photograph, picturing a silhouette of a cyclist alongside of his bike watching an orange sunset. It is an image that conveys a sense of peace. Below it:
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee" (Isaiah 26:3).
What this verse and picture describe is elusive to many harried and hurried people. Peace is not dependent upon getting the external conditions lined up and balanced. Seldom can you exert much control over those. The inner peace many long for is not within one's power to produce. Isaiah said, "Thou wilt" (God, You will) do this internal peacemaking. God will grant peace and sustain it within the person if that person will cooperate with Him. Check it again:
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee."
"Perfect" here means complete, entire. The Hebrew is shalom (wholeness). Wouldn't you like that "perfect peace"? But how do you get it?
"...whose mind is stayed on Thee."
Where is your mind? You may say, "I lost it." Though it may feel that way when your insides are in knots, stressed by what's happening around you, you didn't "lose it." You simply are not directing its focus. If your mind is not "stayed on Thee" (on the Lord), it is fixed on something(s) somewhere else.
Someone has said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. (The ears are the sound system.) If you are constantly distracted and unfocussed, if you dwell on uncertainties, fears, and dire possibilities that are rarely probable, check the windows. What are you allowing into your soul? T.V., internet, novels and magazines that are "mind candy" but offer nothing of substance, are tapping your reserves in time and energy. Listening to trash talk, gossip, or music that convey negative messages are shackling your spirit to dead weight.
The more time you put into God's word, good Bible teaching, and prayer, the more aware of this you become. There are things distracting your mind and dragging down your spirit, and you can discern the cause. You can trace it to the root by reflecting upon where you've been directing your mind.
On the night before Jesus was to hang on the cross, He knew what was coming yet He had peace.
"Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27).
What kind of peace is that? It is given to you. How? Through the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth (v 17; 15:26; 16:13), Christ comes to the believer whose mind is stayed (focused) on Him. Jesus promised that those who obey God's word would be loved by the Father and by Him and that they would come to the believer and "make Our home with him" (John 14:23). The key to perfect peace is three fold:
1. Study and obey the word ("Your word is truth" - John 17:17).
2. The Spirit of truth will guide you in all truth. Live a Spirit-led life.
"For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit... For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God" (Romans 8:5 and 14).
3. Give your life to the Lord, a "living sacrifice...
and do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is...the perfect will of God" (Romans 12:1-2).
If Christ is truly your Lord, His word the authority on truth, and His Spirit your Guide, then you will know peace.
No Jesus, no peace.
Know Jesus, Know Peace.
Points to Ponder is a series of occasional articles written by Rev. Dennis Whitmore, Pastor of Hilltop Christian Fellowship, 12624 Trinity Church Drive, Clear Spring, MD (1/4 mile east of Clear Spring on Rt. 40). Listen to Pastor Dennis on WJEJ-1240 AM, Tues and Thurs, at 10:45am and 7:50pm, both days); and every Sunday from 7:30-7:45am on "Consider This". www.hilltopchristianfellowship.com