Saturday, November 12, 2022

Daily Devotion: Perfect Peace

Bible Reading:  Isaiah 26:1-11 

Key Verse: Verse 3 – “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”

Key Words:  perfect peace

The word peace in the Scripture means “a solace, a calm spirit, tranquil.”  My personal definition of peace is “an inner calmness that says all is in God’s control.”  If we are to be in perfect peace, three things must be in place in our lives.

            First of all, we must be at peace with God.  This peace only comes through salvation.  We are told in Romans 5:1, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

            Secondly, there is the peace of God.  This peace only comes through having a right relationship with God and a proper thought life.  We read in Philippians 4:6-8, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

            Then thirdly and lastly (but by no means least) there is the peace from God.  This comes as a result of our relationship with others.  In I Corinthians 1:3-4 we read, “Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.  I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ...”  God’s peace allows us to have an inner calmness even though the storms of life are raging all around us.

            Sailors and sea merchants will tell you that you ought to find the eye of the storm if you are ever caught in a hurricane; for there you will find a calmness that allows you to ride out the storm.  Jesus is our eye of calmness; He is our peace and tranquility in this old world of conflict and strife.

            Today, if you long for perfect peace, you must first have peace with God by being born again.  Then you must have the peace of God, which comes only through a right relationship with Him.  Then you must have the peace from God, resulting in peace with others.  I trust that today you are in a place of perfect peace even though the storms of life are raging all around you.

What to do:
    ✞ Make sure of your salvation.
    ✞ Make sure your relationship with God is right.  This comes from separating yourself from the world and unto God.
    ✞ Make sure you are at peace with others.
    ✞ Be a peacemaker, not a troublemaker.

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