“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is fixed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3)
Isaiah wrote of a state of perfect peace in which God can keep us, continuously. According to Isaiah, this state of continuous peace is based on two very important conditions: we must keep our minds centered on God, and we must trust God. This peace is supernatural because we can have it even when the circumstances of our lives are chaotic.
Jesus promised that He gives His followers peace the world will not understand because it comes from Him and can be ours even in the middle of the storms of life. The early followers of Christ were persecuted. While suffering unimaginable cruelty at the hands of their persecutors many died in a state of peace because they had this peace I’m describing.
The Apostle Paul also believed in this peace. In one chapter of one of his letters he listed twelve conditions on which this peace is based. (Philippians, Chapter 4) In another letter Paul described this peace as the fruit and expression of the reality that the Holy Spirit lives in authentic disciples of Jesus.
We may therefore conclude that the basic condition of this peace is that the Holy Spirit lives in us.
“Christ in you” is the foundation on which the conditions of this continuous peace are to be built. (Colossians 1:27)
There is obviously something to believe and Someone to receive when you become a follower of Jesus Christ.
Do you believe? Have you received?
Dick Woodward, 15 May 2009