Perfect Peace by Scarlett Stough
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
Isaiah 26:3

Our earth is filled with unrest. As Jesus said, we do have wars, the threat of wars, poverty, famine, religious deceptions and troubles of all kinds (Matthew 24:1-31). Turn on the current news or open the pages of a newspaper and all of these troubles can be found recorded there. Yet, we do not need to be anxious or terrified by these events whether they are chronic or a temporary crisis.

Jesus made a promise to those who follow him:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid….I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
John 14:27; John 16:33

Jesus also left us a responsibility to be peacemakers (Matthew 5:9.) He gave us his Spirit to produce peace through us (Galatians 5:22.)

We have a promise of "great peace" when we love the law of God (Psalm 119:165). There is also a warning to the wicked: "There is no peace," says the LORD, "for the wicked" (Isaiah 48:22). This promise and warning is repeated in the New Testament: "There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism" (Romans 2:9-11).

We have a responsibility to "let the peace of Christ rule" in our hearts (Colossians 3:15). When we do become anxious, and we do, we have a way back to God's peace:

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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 4:4-7

This "perfect peace", this "great peace", is possible only for those who trust and obey God, believe in Jesus as the Son of God, and have received his Holy Spirit. If this is true for you, there is no need to be troubled by the troubles of this world. Yes, we grieve with those who grieve. Yes, we do what we can to create peace where we are. But through it all, we know God is near, strengthening and comforting us.



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