Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength. – Isaiah 26:3, 4
In my last post, I asked this question: “Is peace possible at Christmastime?”
The next day, the Lord brought me to the above verses during my devotions. He not only promises peace, but perfect peace: a peace that by definition lacks nothing to make it complete.
It was as if I could hear his voice gently rebuking, “When your thoughts are in turmoil, your mind is not fixed upon me, and you will not have peace.”
I needed that reminder. The busier I am, the more time I need to spend with him and be focused upon him – not less.
I also received some wise advice from you, my fellow bloggers.
Thanks to all your kind and helpful comments, I was reminded that peace is indeed possible at Christmastime – as it should be any time of year.
You reminded me that peace is a state of mind we must put on every day. Christ offers it, and we should accept it, so that his peace can guide our emotions and decisions.
I was also reminded of the Christmas hymn based on Longfellow’s poem, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”
Several stanzas follow. May they remind you that peace is not only possible, but ultimately promised by God.
I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
and wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said;
“For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men.
Do you have a favorite quotation about peace? If you’ll share it in the comments, I’d love to read it!