by pastor david
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You.”
One of the things we seldom say to each other is, “I’m afraid”! This is especially the case with men. Even when it is true, we are unwilling to let others know what we are feeling. Perhaps it is our pride that keeps us from being honest and seeking help for our anxieties.
Nevertheless, God knows the things about which we are fearful and has provided everything we need to face our fears! The text above is just one of many such exhortations.
Notice that the “peace” God offers is first…
We see this clearly in the personal pronouns used in the text, “You” and “him”. This is a personal peace offered to you from God, Himself. Jesus said, “I am the good Shepherd” (John 10:11), indicating that He loves and cares for us and proved that by giving “his life for the sheep”. He desperately wants to lead you “beside the still waters”. (Psalm 23:2)
Note also that the “peace” God offers is…
The “peace” God gives is “perfect”, not partial. It is constant, not intermittent. It is continual, not occasional. It is a “peace” with which we should and can be living each day.
However, there is a condition attached to this “perfect peace” and the condition lets us know that the “peace” God offers is also…
Two practical conditions are mentioned here.
• One has to do with our Focus: “whose mind is stayed on You”.
• The other has to do with our Faith: “because he trust in You”.
This “perfect peace” is available to those whose focus and faith are upon Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. The writer of the Book of Hebrews tells us that we can “run with endurance the race that is set before us” by “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2). The phrase, “looking unto Jesus” is literally, “fixing our eyes upon Jesus”. Therein lies the secret to our “perfect peace” – letting our focus and our faith rest in Christ.
Years ago we used to sing a song called, “Peace in the Midst of the Storm”. The lyrics are applicable to the text we are examining today.
There is peace in the midst of the storm-tossed life
There is an Anchor; there is a Rock to build my faith upon
Jesus Christ is my vessel so I fear no alarm
He gives me peace in the midst of the storm[i]
When you are going through a storm, today or in the future, remember that God wants to give you a “peace…which surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:6-7). Ask Him for that today.
[i]Peace in the Midst of the Storm, Stephen R. Adams © 1978, 1981, 1998 Pilot Point Music (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)
Pastor David Boggs
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