Perfect Peace While in the Storm

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

Everyone desires a peaceful mind, and many have sought a variety of ways to obtain it. Some have spent thousands of dollars in purchases, substances, vacations, books, and even seminars. A peaceful mind is not valued until our lack of peace begins to deteriorate our quality of life and relationships. A lack of peace has no prejudice, it will find the poor, the wealthy, every nationality and all ages. Our minds can easily be tormented through situations like, children being picked on or bullied at school. Students having trouble learning a new subject school. College students pressured to write papers on time while going to school and working a job to help pay for their college. Single parents juggling hectic schedules and demands with work and children. Husbands and wives dealing with financial pressure. There are a number of situations in life that can try to wreck our peace.

God is such a good Father to know we need to have peaceful minds in order to stay in good health and perform at our highest skill level. God not only desires peace for us, He has created ways for us to obtain peace. Before I share how God’s Word tells us how to live in peace, let me share a story with you that helps us understand what peace looks like.

There was a King who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The King looked at all the pictures, but there were only two he really liked and he had to choose between them. 

One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror, for peaceful towering mountains were all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace. 

The other picture had mountains too, but these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky from which rain fell and in which lightening played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all. But when the King looked, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest in perfect peace. 

Which picture do you think won the prize? The King chose the second picture. Do you know why? 

‘Because’ explained the King, ‘peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace.’ (Author Unknown)

I like this illustration of peace because it is reality. In this life we will face troubles, setbacks, trying situations and unpleasant seasons. We may not always have a perfect life, but we can trust a perfect God to help us through challenging situations.

Sheila Walsh said, “Peace is not the absence of trouble, but the presence of Christ.”

Ronald Reagan said, “Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.”

The 23rd Psalm gives incredible inspiration for God’s peace. This scripture teaches us when God is our Shepherd, there are huge benefits. All of these benefits offer an abundance peace.

  • Verse 1: When God is my Shepherd, I don’t want. I’m satisfied.
  • Verse 2: He helps me to lie down in green lush pastures and listening, drinking from peaceful streams.
  • Verse 3: He gives rest that restores my soul and body.
  • Verse 4: No fear of the threat of danger or even death. I’m totally comforted and protected.
  • Verse 5: Now this is a cool picture of peace… When enemies rise up against me, He prepares the meal and I get to be fed while my enemies watch.

Do you see God’s heart? He spares nothing in order to illustrate His desire for us to have peace in our life.

How we find the peace that God passionately desires to give us is found all through His Word. One of those scriptures Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”

Again, God is showing how passionate in even what kind of peace He wants to give. He says, “Perfect Peace”. Perfect meaning complete. Lacking nothing. Not that we are perfect, but that He is perfect. He said, “perfect peace”. The translation here is “peace peace”. Its like peace squared to the 2nd power. God never fails in communicating how He loves us and how He desires us to give us good things. When God gives, it’s always extravagant.

God has already promised us peace, but we are responsible to align ourselves to His principles to receive it. When we practice the principle that God is asking us to practice, its like holding out our hands to receive a gift. Someone can give you a gift, but you have to extend your hands to receive. If I want to live in the kind of peace He gives, I have to trust Him. Trust is built on three beliefs. I like to use the three-legged stool to illustrate.

I trust God, because I know… 1. God is the expert. He knows more than I do. 2. God is capable. He can do what I cannot do. 3. God is good. He has my best interest in mind. God will never harm me or place me in harm’s way. Therefore, I trust God.

Isaiah 26:3 gives me guidance in receiving God’s peace. Choosing to trust God and choosing to keep Him in the forefront of my thoughts. Its hard to have fear and doubts when you know how trustworthy, capable and good God is. Life may get hard, but God is good. Consistently keeping God and His Word in our thoughts will bring transformation in our minds. Romans 12:2 “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

Peace of mind comes to the transformed mind rooted in Jesus Christ.

If you are in a situation where life seems to be spinning out of control, you feel overwhelmed or something is robbing your peace, God wants you to know He is here for you. He wants to help. Look to Him. Look at who He is. Trust is not passive, its something you have to intentionally do. Trust and Think. Push your worries out of your thoughts by filling your thoughts about the goodness, capability and excellent knowledge of God. Receive God’s perfect peace.

The Test is to Strengthen you; Not Weaken You.

God’s tests are not to show your weakness; the test is to strengthen your faith and trust in Him. 

God’s heart and goal is to make us strong by helping us to develop a strong foundation of faith.

The tests of your faith will not show up in your life in the form of paper with fill in the blanks or multiple choice options. The tests that we face will show up as storms, relationship struggles, hard financial times and much unwanted crisis. Tests of life are inevitable and without prejudice. They come to everyone. However, God has given us four promises about tests in  1 Peter 5:10.

“In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.” (1 Peter 5:10)

 1. God will see to it that your test will not last forever.

Tests, trials, seasons and a crisis can sometimes feel like they are here to stay in our life. However, we can trust God with “timing”.  His timing is perfect. We know that He will not allow us to be under a test forever.

 2. God will restore you after your test.

We can get weary from tests. They can be physically, mentally and even spiritually draining. So we keep in focus that our Father will restore and renew us.

 3. God will support you. 

In order to endure tests and trials we need strong faith in God. Know that we are not alone. God said He would be with us. Never leave us. Do we trust God to keep His word?

 4. God will strengthen the foundation for your life.

A good foundation is what keeps us stable through life. A solid foundation is one built upon principles and precepts that produce good results in our life. God promises to place us on a foundation that will not deteriorate or collapse under pressure or test.

God is directing and ordering our steps in life. His heart is to not weaken us but strengthen us. God desires growth and transformation that positions us for greatness. When the tests and storms of life come, we must not see them as an opposition to weaken or destroy us; but they have come to strengthen us.