Monday, July 12, 2010
So, do you have perfect peace in every area of your life? I have to admit that I don't all the time. In fact, as I'm writing this, I have several major problems on my mind involving my immediate family. Outside of my family, I have friends who are going through divorce, have cancer, are foreclosing on their house and filing for bankruptcy, can't find work, whose kids are on drugs, kids who are in trouble, marriages failing. I could go on. I don't know about you, but it seems like life just keeps getting harder and harder and the problems get worse and worse.
So where is the peace? We can't get rid of the problems. They seem to keep coming in wave after wave. In fact, I believe things will get much worse as we draw closer to the end of the age and the return of Jesus. So, if we can't eliminate or avoid problems, how do we find peace?
The other day, I found an exact recipe for peace in Isaiah 26
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. So trust in the Lord forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages]. (Amplified version)
Recipe for Peace
1.Take your mind, inclination (desires) and character (entire being) and focus them on Jesus ALL THE TIME.
2. Commit your entire life and future and all your problems to Jesus and lean (rely, depend, rest) on Him
3. Hope confidently (believe) that Jesus will come through for you.
4. Trust in Jesus forever
Do these four things over and over again in your mind and heart all day and all night and God guarantees you will have Perfect and Constant Peace.
I don't know about you, but this is one recipe I'm going to try!