For many years, I was hard-pressed to tell you what peace was or how to obtain it. For far too long peace was just a nice sounding word in a Christmas carol – probably because my life, as well as my internal experience, was anything but peaceful.
Having grown up in a home with a depressed mother, and a Type-A father, there was often an undercurrent of tension. It was easier for me to describe for you what peace wasn’t: tension, hostility, edgy silence, resentment, bitterness, unforgiveness. The list could go on and on.
The dictionary defines peace “as a state of mutual harmony between people or groups; freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.; tranquillity; serenity.”
When my heart was troubled, what it longed for was peace. I just didn’t know my longing had a name. And I certainly didn’t know how to obtain it. That is until I took a liking to the book of Isaiah.
Isaiah provided the answer to how to garner this state of serenity:
“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” (Isaiah 26:3)
Need peace? Trust God and keep your attention focused on Him. Peace is yet another benefit of trusting God.
What do you need to trust Him about?
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