You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:3-4

Most loving and trustworthy Father, you haven’t promised us a storm-less, hassle-free, disappointment-empty life. You offer us no formulas for eliminating hard things happening around us, or painful things happening to us. But you have promised something that transcends all chaos and fear. You promise to keep us in perfect peace in the midst of anything and everything.

Oh how we treasure the promise of being kept by you, Father. We treasure it more than all the gold in Fort Knox, all the chalets in Switzerland, all the oil in the Arab States. For we cannot keep ourselves. We’re out of boot straps to pull up. There’s no magic happy pill to take and no fix-it button to push. Thank you for being a Father who will never forget or abandon your children.

But your promise is even grander. You promise to keep us in perfect peace—not semi, partial, or wanna-be peace. You give us a peace that passes, surpasses, and even by-passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7). Thank you.

All we have to do is mine the riches of the gospel and keep in mind the wonders of your love. All we have to do is to set our minds and affections on things above, for you are the LORD—the eternal Rock that is higher than us, the Rock of refuge, the Rock of ages.

What a God you are. You are so compassionate and generous. There is no god like you, Father, no not one. How great are your mercies, how profound your kindnesses, how more-than-sufficient your grace. So very Amen, we pray, in Jesus’ name—the Prince of Peace and our perfect righteousness.