Verse of the week:
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Isaiah 26:3 KJV
“God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”
~ C. S. Lewis
“No God, No Peace, Know God, Know Peace.”
~ Croft M. Pentz
Misters Lewis, Pentz, and Isaiah are all three saying the same thing. Know God, keep your mind and thoughts on Him and not on your surroundings and circumstances, and you will know His peace – the peace that passes understanding.
The one whose mind is stayed on God is leaning on Him, resting on Him, leaning against Him. We do this because we trust (have confidence) in Him that He will support and uphold and sustain us. As a result, He keeps us in perfect peace. The word peace is the Hebrew word shalom which means more than just a peaceful feeling. It is more like the absence of chaos – it is completeness, soundness, welfare, and peace. He does this by keeping us close and guarding us from dangers with His fidelity. He will never leave us or forsake us.
Live it out this week:
When tempted to worry about circumstances, turn your focus to your Heavenly Father and His son Yeshua Messiah. Follow in the example of Yeshua when He was tempted by the devil; He said, “Get behind Me, Satan.” Shut down the worrying and pesky thoughts and put your trust in the One who can keep you in His peace.
Heavenly Father, help me to keep my eyes on You when the sea of troubles is crashing all around me and comfort my soul. Amen.
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C. S. Lewis (1898 – 1963) – Author Screwtape Letters, Chronicles of Narnia, Mere Christianity
Croft M. Pentz (1931 – 2008) – Pastor, Author
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