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Monday, August 27, 2018

Perfect Peace

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
Isaiah 26:3 NLT (Bible Gateway verse of the day)

Isn’t peace something we crave yet find so elusive? Just thinking the word is restful. And what if that peace is perfect? Now that is a beautiful picture! No concerns! No struggle! No problems! Perfect rest! But aren’t struggles and concerns a part of life? How do we have perfect peace in the midst of living through circumstances beyond our control? We come to spiritually understand that we can’t control what only God can control. And that sometimes is a hard battle. We don’t want to give up our rights. We want to have the last word. We have something to prove. As long as we have our agendas, we’ll never discover the perfect peace found in surrender.

Life can rage around us, but there is a place of perfect peace in the midst of our storms. To get to this place, we daily choose to think positively. We daily choose to think only of His promises to handle what we face. We daily lay on the altar all the frustration and worry that problems bring. We daily choose to release everything to Him. That is trust in Him. That is releasing our struggle to control and allowing Him to have control. And His perfect peace, which supersedes our ability to understand, just fills us. We don’t have to understand it. It is His gift when our thoughts are fixed upon Him.  

His peace is beyond our mental comprehension. If we analyze the “why and how” of that peace, our thoughts won’t be upon God. His perfect peace isn’t impossible or He wouldn’t have promised it. We can have this peace when we trust in Him—when we meditate on His goodness and grace instead of what bombards our physical eyes. We can do more than just imagine the peace that heaven offers. We can choose to imagine—to believe—the peace He offers now. And we can be changed in the way we think! In the way we perceive! In the way we receive!  He will keep us in perfect peace when our thoughts are fixed on Him. It is His promise.

© 2018 Lynn Lacher––

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