remaining in God’s peace

You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.

Isaiah 26

We live in a sad world which seems more or less in constant upheaval, at least at the fringes if not at the center. We are inundated day after day with bad news, or all kinds of remedies to avoid the worst and insure at least a good ending before the inevitable.

There is nothing more we need as followers of our Lord, than this shalom shalom (transliteration) translated “perfect peace.” Another key passage in this regard:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

Yes, the winds and the waves will come, life has its inevitable jolts and ups and downs. But we are in the one who spoke to the storm with the words, “Peace. Be still.” (Mark 4) So that the storm will eventually subside. The Lord being with us through it. And so that we can learn more and more to rest in his care. And speak peace ourselves both into our lives and into the lives of others through God’s word to us in and through Jesus.

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