“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” – Isaiah 26:3
Peace and contentment. What does it mean? Merriam Webster defines peace as, “freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions,” and contentment as, “the quality or state of being contented (feeling or showing satisfaction with one’s possessions, status, or situation).” Words such as still, quiet, calm, happy, pleased, and satisfied might be used to describe feelings of peace and contentment.
It’s no secret that in today’s world, there are so many things that can put stress on us: pressures from school or work, or emotional events such as a death in the family or a divorce. We may have fears about our health. We may worry about our finances. Anyone or more of these can lead to anxiety, excessive worry, and fatigue.
Peace is a commodity that can only be found with time spent seeking the face of God. The world can’t offer us peace because it has nothing in which to place its hope, trust, and security. Kingdoms come and go. Leaders move in and out of power. What culture values today can change tomorrow. The one constant is God. He longs to offer total and sustained peace to all who place their hope and trust in Him.
The Bible talks about peace a lot. First, from the Old Testament: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) Then, from the New Testament: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, NIV).
Our God has peace in store for us in every situation if we will choose to keep our mind stayed on Him and trust Him. Psalm 23 says, “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.. . . . You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” (Psalm 23:1-3, 5). God longs to prepare a table for you in the midst of whatever trouble surrounds you. He is calling you to keep your mind stayed on Him no matter what lies before you. And He is asking you to seek His face and find your rest in Him rather than trying to find peace in the things of the world.
- How would you try to describe the peace of God if someone asked you to?
- Have you ever felt a peace in the middle of a turbulent time that did not make sense to others or a peace that surprised even you?