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Perfect peace would be a really cool thing to have. Any kind of peace would be a cool thing to have!! The opposite of peace, as I see it, is anxiety, worry, or fear. Any of those negative qualities can be emotionally crippling so to find the antidote for them, I search for peace.
Isaiah describes the attainment of this perfect peace with two qualifiers. If I want “perfect peace” I need to:
- Keep my mind steadfastly on God
- Trust in Him
The reason to do those two things, according to the prophet, is because “the Lord is the Rock eternal.” It is apparently the distractions of the world that create the negative opposites of perfect peace, so the more my attention is drawn to them, the more likely I will struggle with the consequences.
But if I focus on keeping my mind steadfastly on God and the more I trust HIM for the direction in my life the better chance I will have to attain “perfect peace.” I have found the process of attaining that peace comes from intentionally NOT looking at the world for my direction, and intentionally spending time every day with God developing the habit of “steadfastness.” An occasional glance at the Savior, or reading a Bible verse now and then is good but it will not build steadfastness with God. It may even cause distraction from God for lack of tangible self-evidence of its positive effect.
Focusing on the world happens almost by default because the bombardment is constant, and the result is too often not the peace I'm looking for, but the anxiety, worry, and fear I don't want. I need to practice steadfastness in my focus toward Jesus so I can experience His “perfect peace.”
Have a great day practicing the presence of Jesus steadfastly,