‘You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.’ (Isaiah 26.3)
Do you long for peace? Do you feel stressed and anxious, burdened by all kinds of pressures and fears? Here’s a promise from the word of God that is tailor-made for you. Here our Heavenly Father promises peace to certain people. What is this peace? In English we tend to think of peace as the absence of strife. Peace comes when fighting stops. Or think of the harrassed young mother who begs her children for five minutes’ peace—five minutes of nothing: no shouting, crying, whinging or squabbling.
The biblical concept of peace is much richer. It describes not just the absence of bad but the presence of good. Not just no fighting, but positive, productive, harmonious cooperation. Five minutes’ peace is not simply five minutes of no arguing but five minutes of encouraging. Peace in Scripture means health, wholeness, spiritual robustness.
It’s crucial to understand this, because we could read this verse and come away with the idea that Christians are meant to sail through life untroubled and unruffled by anything that happens. Your child gets sick, your wife dies, your house […]