Finding Peace in Jesus
Isaiah 26:3-4 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in Yah, The Lord, is everlasting strength.
The word ‘peace’ occurs 397 times in the Bible, however, only once in scripture do we find the term ‘perfect peace’ connoting a state of being.
Particularly during this unprecedented-in-our-lifetime Covid 19 experience of uncertainty and social distancing (which has, for those who live alone, become social isolation), this verse resonates within me. The translation for ‘perfect peace’ is šālôm šālôm, and, when translated from Hebrew and Greek, it conveys a sense of completeness and wholeness. When our mind, heart and soul are focused upon our Heavenly Father and precious Saviour Jesus, when our trust is committed fully to Jesus, we experience perfect peace.
This is the promise. Why? Because God is the true and sovereign God, we were created in His image and His strength is everlasting. His strength never wearies; He is inviting us to rest our minds upon Him through His Word, intimate prayer and serving others.
Perfect peace will be the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of God and it may be the (joy) of God’s children here (on Earth). Perfect submission to the will of God brings the blessing of perfect serenity. The mature Christian is at peace with God, with himself, and with the world about him. … Trouble and turmoil may surround us, yet we enjoy a calmness and peace of mind ... (Seventh-Day Adventist Bible Commentary Vol. 4)
Do you hunger for peace in your soul also? My prayer is that this verse helps you too. Amen.
By Dr. Scott Tarof
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