You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! - Isaiah 26:3
Peace, Dude! 😉 The word "peace" has changed so much over the past couple hundred years! Because of that, this notion has crept into our churches and our very hearts, the notion that God's peace is a feeling. My struggle is chronic illness and disability, but we all wake to some sort of struggle daily, don't we?
And in the midst of all of the chaos, we are trying to "find peace". Just like in Finding Nemo, we all band together, or sometimes set off on our own, to look for clues about where peace has gone. We travel long distances and go through many challenges to try and rescue peace, to bring it home with us.
Here's a little gem that the Lord shared with me recently through the above scripture... peace isn't lost!
Peace is not a feeling to be attained, it is not an elusive emotion to be rescued, and it is not a "state of being" that we can capture. Peace is a knowing. Knowing the nature of God, knowing His word and having it written on our hearts, knowing that we have open access to the very Prince of Peace!
And how can we know peace? By recognizing that it is not a feeling. By growing in our knowledge of the Lord, through study of the Bible. By reaching out to Him and knowing that He hears and answers prayer. As the scripture says, by fixing our thoughts on Him! Peace isn't lost just because we can't feel it... it's exactly where and what it's supposed to be, and we have only to access it.
Heavenly Father, we know that Your promise to fill us with Your peace and keep us in perfect peace are fulfilled through the Holy Spirit and Your Word. Thank You for these great gifts. Help us to always keep our thoughts fixed on You. In Jesus' Name, Amen...
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