“The Only Way to Perfect Peace” September 17

 

The Only Way to Perfect Peace - Wars, terrorism, the rise of Islam, North Korean nuclear missiles, riots, and political unrest … Is it possible to have perfect peace in today’s world?

 

Today’s Readings:
Isaiah 25 & 26
Psalm 107.23-32
Proverbs 25.18-19
2 Corinthians 9.1-15

 

The Only Way to Perfect Peace

 

Isaiah 25 & 26:

Perfect Peace

 

Chapter 26.1-4 is a picture of the church and its blessings. Verse 1 says we have “salvation for walls and bulwarks” and verse 3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” The NLT says, “whose thoughts are fixed on you.” And the NASB says He will keep the one whose mind is “steadfast.”

When we belong to Him, our assurance of salvation (Jn. 10.27-30) is a wall or bulwark around our hearts and lives. We can trust that we are secure in our relationship with Him (Rom. 8.31, 38-39).

In verse 3, the word translated stayed or fixed means to “to lean, lay, rest, support, put, uphold, lean upon.”

The word steadfast means “firmly fixed in place: immovable, not subject to change: firm in belief, determination, or adherence.”

When our hearts and minds are steadfast, immovable, resting in the truths of Scripture and supported by God’s faithfulness to keep His promises, we will have perfect peace.

To get there we must spend time in His presence, saturating ourselves in His Word, talking to Him and listening as He speaks to our hearts. It’s impossible to trust someone whose character we don’t know, but as we read of His faithfulness to the generations before us, as we learn how He works in our lives through prayer, as we meditate on His promises we come to know Him. And when we do, we’ll be better equipped to put our faith and trust in Him.

Verse 4:

Trust in the Lord always,
for the Lord God is the eternal Rock (NLT).

Christ is our eternal, never changing Rock. Trusting Him is the only way to true, lasting and perfect peace.

That peace should carry over into every part of our lives as our reading in Psalms illustrates. 

 

The Only Way to Perfect Peace - Wars, terrorism, the rise of Islam, North Korean nuclear missiles, riots, and political unrest ... Is it possible to have perfect peace in today's world?

 


Psalm 107.23-32:

He Calms the Storm 

 

Verses 28- 29 “Then they cry out to the LORD in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, so that its waves are still.”

God has complete and sovereign control of His world, including the elements. And He has the same control over the events of our lives. If you are in a storm today, first and foremost, decide to put your complete faith and trust in Him. If you are truly one of His children and you keep your eyes on Him, He has promised that he will never allow that storm to be greater than you can handle without sinning (1 Cor. 10.13).

But He wants us to ask for His help. Verse 28 in our reading says “Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble …” James said we have not because we ask not (Jas. 4.1), and Jesus said in Luke 18.1, “…that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.” Call out to Him and expect great things.

 

He calms the storm, so that its waves are still.” Psalm 109.29

 


Today’s Other Readings:

Proverbs 25.18-19:

Lies and Gossip

 

Verse 18, “A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a club, a sword, and a sharp arrow.”

Lies and gossip can, not only wound, but destroy a person’s reputation or worse.

 

2 Corinthians 9.1-15:

It’s All from Him

 

Verse 10, “Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness.”

God not only blesses us in return when we are cheerful, generous givers, but He is the one who provides everything we have in the first place!

 

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