You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
Trust in the Lord for ever,
for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.
Perfect peace…sounds too good to be true? How on earth do we obtain this perfect peace? Is it by living in a state of oblivious denial to the troubles and problems around us? Or by striving to sort out everything in our lives until we finally reach a place of contentment?
No, Isaiah declares that the key to being ‘kept’ in perfect peace, is to have a mind that is fully trusting in God. Our minds are very important – how we think strongly governs how we feel and behave. And Isaiah knows that the only way that it is possible to have peace in this world is to centre our thoughts on the One who is rock-solid, and place our trust in his goodness, his provision and his love. Like the man who built his house on the rock in Jesus’ parable, we can stand against the storms of life if we have a firm foundation.
Paul urges the Philippian church to talk to God about every situation, concern and need:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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. Phil 4:6-7
This perfect peace, which only God can supply, defies all human reasoning and understanding. It is available to all of us, if we will take up God’s free offer of a personal and living relationship with him.