The Path Of Perfect Peace
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Throughout the history of Israel there are accounts of God intervening to deliver them from one circumstance of captivity after another, one military defeat after another, one judgment for rebellion and sin after another. Despite His compassion and mercy shown to them time and again they would soon forget His grace and compassion, forget His deliverance and the peace they enjoyed after they were delivered and be drawn back into one form of disobedience after another.
The few, the faithful prophets would warn them against transgressing the Law of God and then in sackcloth and ashes would cry out to God in tears and sorry, prostrate on their faces, to intercede and pray for them before God to stay His judgment and righteous wrath against them when they repeatedly rebelled against Him.
All rational thought would ask why didn’t they get it after first, then the second, and surely after the third time, that God was for them and only had their good in mind but that He is also, the Holy, Just and Righteous God who will not abide sin among His Holy people?
But He knew them and their frailty. That is why He was so longsuffering with them not willing to see any of them perish in their sin. So a system of blood sacrifices and ordinances of the law provided a means of restoring them to a place of peace with God, but only until the next opportunity to sin presented itself and they like sheep would go astray again.
So Jesus steps into the world as it was prophesied from the days of Adam and Eve and handed down through Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, (Israel), Moses, and the prophets, among whom were Jeremiah, Elijah and Elisha, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, Obadiah, Zechariah, Micah, Joel, Amos and Malachi, that a Savior, the Messiah would come to redeem them from sin. So, He did come to be the only once and for all time fulfillment of the demands of the Law that required a sinless blood sacrifice for the atonement and full payment to redeem the world from sin and restore man’s peace with God.
He came as the Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince Of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Now Jesus spoke these words of peace and comfort to the disciples before His death and resurrection. And the same is now given for us that our souls will find an anchor of rest and peace in this time.
”These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:25-27
Because God’s intent from the beginning was not just to provide and get out of jail free card through confession of our sins and accepting Jesus payment for them but that we should be transformed to not be conformed to the sins of this world. Therefore, with our salvation in Jesus Christ, God the Father sent the Holy Spirit to work in us to transform us and change our hearts and minds that we no longer would be subjected under sin, but that we would be raised above it as those who are born again in the image of Christ.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
We all have days when it seems we are surrounded by trouble, worry, fear, anxiety, disappointment, sorry, grief and sadness, things that stress us and threaten our faith. But it is in those very moments that the presence of the Lord can be the sweetest when we choose to turn aside from all these things which are the cares of this world, and turn our eyes, our minds and hearts to Jesus, to His Word, to consider Him and all that He has endured and done for us, and is now working in us for our good, and receive the refreshing and renewing comfort and power of the Holy Spirit,
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3 NKJV
“You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.” AMP Isaiah 26:3
“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” Isaiah 26:3 NLT 2nd edition
“He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in him, whose thoughts turn often to the Lord!” Isaiah 26:3 NLT
Thanks be to God for His never ending love. How truly blessed we are.
Peace to you now from God our Father, and His grace, mercy and love be yours now and forever. Amen