Isaiah 26:3 —— You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
When all is going well it’s easy to read a promise like this in a superficial way, but when disappointment and trial come these words become precious.
There is no promise in the Bible to suggest that here on earth we shall ever experience freedom from trouble, trial, temptation, anguish, loss etc., but something far better is promised: it is the promise of perfect peace in the midst of all these.
Of what value would freedom from these troubles be if we had no inward peace? Yet it’s possible in the fiercest battle for the trusting soul to experience deep-down calm, an inward peace, and a quiet confidence.
Do you long to experience perfect peace?
“Perfect Peace” is a condition of freedom from disturbance; it is perfect harmony reigning within us. There can be no room for jealousy, envy, uncontrolled temper, selfishness, pride, intolerance, harsh criticism, fear or anxiety in the soul that is filled with peace; the peace which God offers and which by His grace we may experience is very practical. It is a great calm which He commands.
HOW DOES THIS PERFECT PEACE COME TO US?
- By Christ Jesus. In Philippians 4:7 we read that the Lord Jesus Christ is the source from whom God’s peace flows into our souls.
- By the Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus Christ procured peace on the Cross of Calvary and it is offered to us by Him as the source; but it is conveyed to our hearts and minds by the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22)
- By His Word. Have you ever noticed the great promise made in Psalm 119:165? How often things and people disturb us! But here is a promise of perfect peace to those people who love, meditate in and obey the Word of God.
- By our obedience. In Leviticus 26:3-6, be sure to notice that the most important word here is the “IF” God guarantees us that if we will do our part He will surely do His part.
- By plenty of prayer and praise. Notice that the promise of Philippians 4:7 is preceded by the conditions mentioned in verse 6.
Who will God keep in perfect peace? The one“whose mind is steadfast” and the one who “trusts”. Both these expressions denote faith but one is a “head” word and the other is a “heart” word. What is the difference? With the head, we believe that God is the author and giver of peace and that He is able and willing to give it, and with the heart, we trust Him to do it, so receive it by faith.
Isaiah 26:3 begins with (You) God and ends with (You) God and the trusting soul goes in between. Perfect peace is the Lord Himself within us - not an experience, a doctrine, an ’it’, a code of belief - but the Lord Himself!