God’s perfect peace
Open the gates to all who are righteous; allow the faithful to enter. You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock. Isaiah 26:2-4
Have you find yourself constantly battling fear and worry? You just left the doctor’s office and you were told that the laboratory results are not good and he advised that you might need surgery. As you are contemplating about what he said, several thoughts started to run through your mind. What if it will not get healed? What if the surgery will not work instead do more damage? You find yourself worried about making the wrong decision. Whatever the reason for your worries, you remembered His promise when God suddenly reminded you about the peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). Yet at that moment you find yourself struggling to claim God’s promise because all you have is fear and worry. From the text, Jerusalem was invaded by the Babylonians. The people of God became despondent for their situation that all they were thinking was the impossibility of being rescued. For this reason, they were overcome with worries rather than the promise of peace. The prophet Isaiah was sent by God to tell them that if they have trusted Him, no matter what their circumstances would be, God’s peace will always be with them. God’s promise is to provide peace to all that place their trust in Him. The lack of peace meant that we lack faith in His promise that if we trust Him, He will keep us in perfect peace. Peace is within because we let Him guide us in our experiences. “The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength” (Isaiah 58:11). God knew that we needed wisdom so we will understand that even with or without the physical healing, He will be with us as we go through difficulties in life. The greatest experience you can have while going through suffering is to know that God’s power is always available. “Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.” So when you find yourself immersed with fear and worry, remind yourself that your trials and difficulties are there to strengthen your faith in God. “Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us” (Romans 5:1). Let His love for you remove your fears and worries. It is for your benefit that you trust God.
Noel De Guzman