Saturday, April 16, 2011
Peace in the Midst of the Storm
You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.
Isaiah 26: 3
I'm sure the picture attached to this blog is strange to many of you, but this is routinely what happens when there is a thunderstorm/tornado around me. I gather all four of my children up and put them in my bed. Odd? Sure. It just makes me feel better. In my own way, I feel that I am giving them peace in the midst of the storm.
This is exactly what God wants us to experience when we are faced with various trials and tribulations. Although things may be unraveling all around, he still wants us to maintain that peace that only he can give. It's a reassurance that he is in control and everything will be alright. As the verse from Isaiah states above, the key in having that constant peace is to have our mind stayed on God. We cannot experience peace acting in and of ourselves. The things of this world, even ourselves, give us false hope and there is no peace. Things seem okay for a moment, but they soon turn back into chaos.
As 2 John 1:3 states, "Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love."