December 16, 2014

Today you should read: Isaiah 26

Peace is on everyone’s wish list. If you watch any sort of pageant then you know that if any of those ladies had it their way we would have world peace. With all the war and turmoil who doesn’t want peace. Some of you might be saying, “world peace is nice and all but how about a little peace in my home?” Most of us dream of that perfect family with the 2.5 kids and a white picket fence. I am not sure how anyone can have a .5 child but that is another conversation. Yet, there are a growing number of homes riddled with divorce, abuse, arguing and dysfunction. The idea of peace is a good one but it remains just an idea for most of us.
So, is true peace possible? The answer is a definite yes and our passage today gives direction on how we find that.

1. Peace comes from focus not circumstances
Verse 3 says: “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
We are all going to be hit with trials from time to time and they are hard no matter who you are. If you look to circumstantial relief from the trial in order to find peace then you might be disappointed. Many of us face trials that last a long time. However, when we focus on our trust in God and His sovereign hand in our situation, then we can find peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

2. Peace comes from a true belief in God’s coming
To be blunt you must genuinely trust in God and His word to find peace. I am talking about a relationship and not just a religion. Religion fails in the midst of trial if that religion is based on works. When your good works are not “rewarded,” what good is your religion? However, when you understand v. 19, that one day we will die and go to be with God and you believe that with all your heart, then trial becomes temporary and hope is real.
Peace is just a deep calm knowing that all the trouble will pass and everything will be made right in the end.

Question to Ponder:
Do you have peace? Where is your focus?

Posted by: Chad Wiles

Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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