“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” Isa. 26:3; “My peace I give you” (John 14:27). “Whatever is noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable—excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things… and the God of peace will be with you” (Phil 4:8-9)
Lord Jesus, you haven’t promised us a storm-less, hassle-free, pain-void life. But you have promised to give us perfect peace right in the middle of any anxiety-producing, fear-fueling, anger-igniting season of life. Thank you, and bring it on.
Like your grace, we don’t achieve your peace, we receive it. You give it to us, and you keep us in in. Oh, the beauty of “being kept.” Sometime the passive voice of a verb brings the most active comfort we can experience. Nothing is able take us from your hand, separate us from you love, or sabotage your will for us. You do, and will, hold us fast.
All we have to do is mine the riches of the Gospel, and keep in mind the wonders of your love. That’s like saying, if our body craves water, drink water—not motor oil, rancid milk, or a jar of honey. Gospel consumption, mercy imbibing, grace inhaling all increase our experience of your peace—and they’ll all free to us.
This certainly isn’t Pollyanna thinking, denial of reality, or mind-over-matter mysticism. It’s you, Jesus, over all things; and us hidden safely in you (Col. 3:1-4). Our “in-Christ-ness” is now, and forever, the best place to live, dance, weep, long, and hope. Jesus, by your grace and Spirit, we choose to bring our thinking-life into grace-obedience for the next 24 hours. Then we’ll deal with tomorrow, tomorrow. So Very Amen.