Trust that produces peace
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. He humbles the proud and brings down the arrogant city. Isaiah 26:3-5
From the text, the prophet Isaiah encouraged those who were in exile. Samaria fell to the Assyrians and Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians. Isaiah told the Israelites to trust God even in the midst of their difficulties. He also reminded them that the peace of God will be with them while they were in exile. The peace of God means much more than the cessation of war. There are situations in life that at times could lead to painful experience; loss of job, health issues, or heartaches from broken relationships. It is during these challenging experiences that we want to experience the peace of God. As a child of God, we are promised that He will give us peace. Having the peace of God does not mean the absence of trials. It is not a guarantee that we will not experience painful events. “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you” (Isaiah 26:3). God promised that when we focused on Him, He will not let us fall or slip when difficulties come. We discover that “God is the eternal Rock.” As His peace sustains us, with every circumstance we go through, He is preparing us to the glory that is more satisfying than what this world could offer. “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Corinthians 4:17). This is the peace that He wants every believer to experience as our hearts are turned toward trusting Christ. “His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). Do you allow painful experiences overcome you to the point that you could no longer experience the peace of God? Remember that while in this world, you will go through challenges in life. God gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit so that by yielding in Him, we will have peace in our heart and in our mind (see John 14:27). “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).
Noel De Guzman