Friday, December 2, 2011

Perfect Peace

Isaiah 26: 3 says:

"Thou dost keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on thee,
because he trusts in thee.

Trust in the LORD for ever,
for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock."

Perfect peace. Ah, sweet!
That's just what we want, right?
Not just peace, but perfect peace.

Most of the scripture references
I looked at in a concordance
speak of perfect as being complete.

Complete in Webster's dictionary
says entire, brought to an end,
concluded, fully carried out.

It reminds me of the scripture from Philippians 1: 6,
"...he who began a good work in you
will carry it on to completion..."

So He has begun a good work of peace within us
and desires for it to come to completion.

What is our part in accomplishing this?

This is what he asks of us--
to simply keep our mind on him,
not on our problems, ourselves, our concerns...
and in return we grow
in the fullness of peace;
a peace that's entire, overflowing, complete.

That means every time we start to dwell on,
worry or grumble about our concerns...
we surrender to him again.
We force our will to his again.
And we do our best to remain there.
So that he who is faithful
can entirely bless us
with his peace.

Grace & peace to all of you!

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