You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26:3-4
Living in the perfect peace of God can be thought of as the breath in my lungs and the blood from my heart. Blood flows and breathing continues “without ceasing”; I am not even conscious of it, but it never stops. And I am not always conscious of Jesus keeping me in perfect peace with him, but if I am trusting Him, He always is.
May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy. (Colossians 1:11)
His perfect peace enables me to be patient with his work in my life. Strength is the right word. Patience is the evidence of an inner strength. God connects me with his “glorious might” that empowers patience. And that connection is trust which results in a perfect peace.
His perfect peace goes with me when my plans are not working. The story of Joseph’s entire life (Genesis 37-50) highlights the sovereign grace of God to turn the unplanned place and the unplanned pace into the happiest ending imaginable. In the unplanned, my mind must be unflinchingly on my sovereign Lord.
His perfect peace is victory. In John 16 Jesus tells the disciples that “I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away” John 16:1. The chapter ends with, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.” John 16:33. Between these two statements of protection and peace is instruction on prayer. In essence, Jesus says, “You will be so intimate with Me that you will be one with Me.” In this intimacy, according to the nature of God, ask. I don’t use the name of Jesus as a magic word of some kind but ask within his nature. I pray as Jesus would pray. As I do, I find protection from and peace within.
His perfect peace also sets the stage for his coming again. I am at perfect peace with my Lord, even now in this world. How much more when he returns? Perfect peace has no end.
Lord, there is so much to learn about your perfect peace. I suppose I could never really learn these things apart from patiently waiting for you, especially when my plans are not working. You are there to give me victory found in intimate oneness with you. Thank you for the peace I can have now and for the uninterrupted peace that will come when you return.