Perfect Absolute Peace
Perfect, Absolute Peace
Have you seen the headlines lately? The last thing that comes to mind while perusing them is the word peace. The lie that satan wants people, especially Christians, to buy into today is that peace simply doesn’t, and can’t, exist. There is nothing further from the truth! What’s the truth? “Perfect, absolute peace surrounds those whose imaginations are consumed with You; they confidently trust in You.” (Isaiah 26:3 TPT) This declaration is abundantly clear. Perfect, absolute peace is ours for the taking.
You may be wondering, how is this possible? Notice that this verse contains a condition. “Those whose imaginations are consumed with” God have access to perfect peace. This leads us to consider some things. Where are our thoughts in the face of difficulty? Are we thinking about the greatness of our God and His ability to work miracles, displaying his vast love for mankind? Are we considering the negative occurrences around us as opportunities to bring the solutions God reveals to us? Are we reflecting on stepping into the situation and bringing Christ’s light into the darkness? A “yes” answer to these questions evolves from pressing into His presence and establishing intimacy in our relationship with Him. Out of this intimacy comes a deep understanding of God’s all-encompassing greatness and unfathomable mercy along with an unshakable knowledge that He is always able.
Let’s contemplate just a few of the multitude of examples of perfect peace which God has provided for us in His Word. Perfect, absolute peace is the place Moses eventually found himself in when God called him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt to their freedom. This is where Joseph was when a large-scale famine loomed over the region and he provided a solution. This is the mindset Deborah was in when she accompanied the Israelites into battle and conquered Sisera. These were the thoughts of the woman with the issue of blood when she threw aside religious rules and pressed her way in to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment and receive her healing, setting an example for us that endures to this day. Most importantly, this perfect, absolute peace enabled Christ to sacrifice His life for us that we might have continual access to victory in Him!
Now, notice where this perfect peace is when we choose to walk in it. It surrounds us. According to dictionary.com to surround means to “enclose on all sides.” In other words, this absolute peace isn’t just accompanying us or coming beside us. It is enclosing us on all sides. Think about it; Christ defeated satan on the Cross. The enemy is only empowered in our lives if we give him access to our minds, wills or emotions. When we fix our minds unswervingly on God, our intimate Friend and constant Companion, satan has absolutely no access to us. Perfect, absolute peace has full control of every aspect of our lives.
Isaiah 26:3, one scripture, holds our key to accessing perfect, absolute peace. No wonder Paul could pen, “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7 NKJV) Let’s choose to pursue our intimacy with God to a greater measure than we ever have before. Beyond that, let’s decide to focus our thoughts on God and allow Him to consume our minds. Then in this place of perfect, absolute peace we will participate with God in bringing change to our world.
God’s Truth for You:
Isaiah 26:3 (TPT)