You will keep in perfect peace
all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
Isaiah 26:3 (NLT)
Do we have to fight for peace? In the crazy world in which we find ourselves, it would be tempting to answer that question with a resounding “Yes!”.
But let’s return to our Key Verse and stop at the very first word: You.
Could it be possible that God values peace so much that He would be the one to offer it to us – that He would be the one who fights for peace? For us?
As I add to the days walking Planet Earth, I have come to appreciate that not only does God make peace for us, God IS peace for us. There can only be peace in His presence. If you are fighting with someone over something, can you still fight when you enter God’s presence? If you lack peace about a certain issue, can you enter God’s presence without that worry, anxiety, or fear taking flight? When “You” is God, we can spell peace Y-O-U. In act, we can spell it perfectly to get Perfect Peace!
So, if we want to practice true Shalom, let us not be quick to run from the first word of our Key Verse – You. (If we do run too quickly, note that the word shows up two more times before the end of the verse!) God is peace. Let us then walk humbly with Him and learn to truly love mercy to the point it leads us to act justly.
Thank you for joining us on this Path to Perfect Peace.
This is the second in the “Practice True Shalom” series of blog posts.