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Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Perfect Peace And Rest"
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"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee" (Isaiah 26:3).
Like a river, glorious
Is God’s perfect peace,
Over all victorious
In its bright increase;
Perfect, yet it floweth
Fuller every day,
Perfect, yet it groweth
Deeper all the way.
During a chaplain visit last week I walked through a factory and came upon John and Isaiah, two men whom I knew were Christians. I spontaneously gave them a quiz based upon their Bible names. I asked John, "What does John 3:16 say?" He correctly answered "For God so loved the world...." I looked at Isaiah and asked, "What does Isaiah 26:3 say?" Not surprisingly he was stumped, since it's not nearly as familiar as John 3:16.
During our young dating years in Bible College Brooksyne and I often exchanged Scripture verses in our written correspondence (long before email, texting, and cell phones were available). I often shared Isaiah 26:3 which we soon put to memory and have both found this passage to be a spiritual healing balm when going through troubling circumstances.
There's a lot to dismay us, isn't there? World situations, national tragedies, personal matters; they can all dismay, often concurrently. What dismays you today? What glorious truth our daily Scripture verse conveys!
Isaiah in chapter 26:3 shares a truth held dear by many believers: "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee." This is the KJV, which we memorized it in. Other versions state, "You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in you" (ESV) and "You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You" (NIV). For real comparison use this nifty tool.
"Whose mind is stayed on Thee"; that's the key, and that's where I suspect so many of us have the problem. We keep getting our minds and hearts off the Lord and onto the problem at hand. We approach the problem from every angle and get everyone’s take on it. We go to bed with the problem on our hearts and if sleep does come it may very well be diluted by a dream (or even a nightmare) that relates to the problem. We awaken and the same old problem looms over the new day!
However when we fully trust God problems will not dismay or overwhelm us, for dismay and trust simply cannot coexist. Trying to support both attitudes would be like rubbing coarse sand paper against the grain of fine furniture and expecting beautiful results. Certainly we’re tempted to be dismayed by our troubles, but the key to trust is to turn our hearts to the Lord in prayer as we stand on His promises.
Warren Wiersbe reminds us that "The peace of God is not the absence of problems; it is the presence of divine sufficiency in the midst of problems." George Morrison said, "Peace is the possession of adequate resources" and those resources come from the Lord when you yield your heart and mind to Him.
Our trust is in the One who is a tested and tried stone, the Solid Rock; the One who is a sure foundation. He is ever trustworthy. He is ever faithful. Put your complete trust in Him today!
Like Frances Havergal in her song, "Stayed Upon Jehovah", we must fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. If we are "stayed upon Jehovah" we will remain steady even if the earth around us sways.
Stayed upon Jehovah,
Hearts are fully blest;
Finding, as He promised,
Perfect peace and rest.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, because we place our trust in You as our sovereign Lord we have an enduring peace that You are the Great Deliverer and that You work all things together for good to those who love You and are called according to Your purpose. We seek to glorify Jesus, our Solid Rock, who was put to the ultimate test and laid an unshakable foundation for our faith, as He remained true to His mission to provide for our salvation. Our faith is strengthened and our peace perfected as we keep our minds stayed upon You, not only on the bright, cheerful days but on the dismal days when the cloud of discouragement would otherwise obscure the brightness of Your promise to keep us in perfect peace if we keep our minds stayed upon You. Amen.
On Sunday we drove through the Valley Forge National Historical Park in Valley Forge, PA about 20 miles northwest of Philadelphia.
These are replicas of the original encampments used by the soldiers.
Valley Forge Barns
We drove through the Valley Forge Covered Bridge (a very different design from the covered bridges in Lancaster County).
As we drove into Lancaster County the snow had really picked up obscuring the beautiful views off Rt 23 near Churchtown.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"Like A River Glorious" Video The Smucker Family
"Perfect Peace" Video Laura Story
"May the Peace of God" Video Stuart Townend
"Wonderful Peace" Video Gaither Homecoming Friends
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