Lately, I have been spending a lot of time in the Book of Isaiah. As you may know, Isaiah was a prophet called to warn Israel and Judah of coming disaster due to their abandonment of following the Lord and His Word. With a passionate heart, Isaiah continually reminded the people of God’s desire to forgive and restore them to favor and blessing. In the midst of Isaiah’s messages, we find one of my favorite promises in the whole Bible: “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you” (26:3). God promises perfect peace! What does this look like in everyday life? I see this as describing what the New Testament calls “walking in the Spirit.” This means that I must give my life to the Lord and learn to handle life and the current events swirling around me through prayer and the Word of God. We all get tested in life, and peace only comes by lifting up our soul in prayer to the One who told us to “cast all your cares on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). There are also times when doubts and attacks come to our minds. During these times we must give ourselves to prayer, asking God to help us to trust what His Word says rather than our confused and jumbled thoughts. It’s a battle sometimes, but the outcome is worth it! What can compare to the blessing of God’s perfect peace? This amazing inward tranquility, so elusive to the world, is always available to us…in the presence of the Lord himself! He extends the invitation for us to enter and abide in this peace that passes the world’s understanding. Just as a bride has her mind set on her beloved and the upcoming wedding, may our minds be set on the Lord Jesus. And enjoy the fruit of His peace!
Pastor Mark Boucher