Steadfast in Peace
Verse 3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
We ended yesterday with the question, are willing to put the work into obedience to maintain that relationship of peace? Isaiah brings us this key of being in peace with God. If we want peace with God, we must obey Him. Isaiah points out that those who have peace with God are those who can be steadfast because of trust in Him.
To be steadfast means to be firm, not wavering at everything that comes along. When we have firm faith and trust in God we don’t have to live in the fears that plague people consumed by the world. We don’t have to think we need to make the most money so that we have the newest and nicest things. We don’t have to be afraid that we aren’t as popular as those around us. When we find peace with God we know that it is His opinion alone that matters to us.
Isaiah takes it even further in verse 12 when he says, “Lord, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.” While we need to trust in Him, peace comes in knowing that no matter what we have done for Him, it wasn’t in our own strength. He accomplishes His plans through His people. True peace comes with being a ready and willing vessel to do all that He has called us to be and do. Peace comes in obedience to Him.
But we don’t always want to obey, do we? There are times He asks things of us that we are sure we will fail at. When we have these doubts we know that we aren’t feeling peace with Him. We aren’t feeling at peace with ourselves either because if we have been enjoying the peace of God and it is disrupted we will find ourselves in personal turmoil. The only way back to peace is turning to obedience. And when we decide to obey we will find Him there waiting to welcome us back into peace with Him.
Making It Personal
Where is there a lack of peace in your life? What obedience is lacking that is causing the lack of peace? What steps of obedience do you need to take today?
Making It Personal Kids
Why does not obeying cause stress in a relationship with Jesus? Does not obeying Jesus hurt your relationship with Him? What do you need to obey Jesus about today?
Father, we confess the times that we have not wanted to obey You. We know by not obeying we are saying that we don’t trust You as we should. Help us learn to trust You in every way and find joy in complete obedience. In Jesus’ name, amen.