Finding Hope: Perfect Peace

Jim KallamBy Jim Kallam4 Minutes

I’m Jim Kallam and we’re coming to you from the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the greatest, how much peace do you have in your heart? We live in a world that robs us of peace. On a large-scale level it robs us of peace, but probably in our own individual lives, there are things that will rob us of peace in our hearts.

The book of Isaiah is a book in the Old Testament – a prophet who spoke to God’s people thousands of years ago. And yet the words that Isaiah spoke to God’s people then – who were in a difficult time – apply for us today. Listen to the words of Isaiah chapter 26: “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You because He trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.”

He keeps us in not just any kind of peace, but in a perfect peace. It’s the Hebrew word “Shalom.” It means wellbeing; that God is concerned with our wellbeing and He can keep us with a sense of wellbeing in our daily lives to the mind that is stayed on Him.

What does that mean? It means that I have a mindset and a mind frame that keeps my eyes and keeps my focus directed on the Lord God. He’ll give perfect peace to those of us who seek to live for Him. Our whole world and our whole existence is set on Him, firmly committed to the Lord.

It is when a person’s attitude, a person’s actions, a person’s goals align with the will of God, believing that God is completely able to unfold my life for my good. That’s quite a way to live. But it’s not just a theoretical way to live, it’s an actual way that we can live.  We can set our minds towards Him. We can set our focus on Him.

The author of Hebrews says to keep our eyes set on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. I want to live that way. It doesn’t come naturally, it comes through the power and the strength of the Holy Spirit who God has placed inside of us. The result? Perfect peace. A peace that goes beyond what the world can understand. A peace that the apostle Paul talks about that passes all understanding.

And God supplies that for you and for me. So today, as you go about your day in the midst of work, and in the midst of raising kids, or whatever it may be, can you keep your mind focused on Him? Can you trust Him with your life? And what He promises you at that point is a perfect peace. A peace that passes all understanding.

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