Searching for Perfect Peace

Searching for Perfect Peace

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
– John 14:27 KJV

I’ve entered a season of unrest. Unfortunately, I can’t blame the unrest on one single thing. No, my mind and thoughts have been occupied by a multitude of problems. Health. Children. Finances. Work. Dreams. I could dwell on each of them until the moon completes its cycle, but instead my mind has opted for the barrage effect (insert full use of sarcasm here).

I go to fall asleep at night and…nothing. If my thoughts and worries were obstacles for the sand man, well it’s no wonder he’s given up. Yet the Bible talks of this perfect peace that remains just out of reach for me.

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
– Isaiah 26:3 KJV

Now here comes some honesty. I knew the Scripture said ‘perfect peace.’ I’m sure we’ve all heard the phrase a time or two. But what I failed to remember was the condition of the promise: “whose mind is stayed on thee because he trusteth in thee.” Ouch. The conviction that hit me was painful, but revealing.

I haven’t had perfect peace because my mind has been occupied by everything BUT God. I’ve been worried about my health that just can’t seem to swing to the upside of things. I’ve been worried about my children and the life lessons I want them to learn but from my view, don’t seem to be sinking in. I’ve been worried about finances to do the things I want, instead of the blessing of the things I need being paid for. I’ve started to dream only to stop when I looked around my current circumstances.

Not once did I take my thoughts captive or renew my mind with God’s truth.

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”
– 2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV

I was content to pull the thread of fear and anxiety, following it until I unraveled. Until I cried out to the Lord to save me from myself and from all that was going wrong around me. And He led me to His Word. To remind me that peace comes with trust and focusing on the Creator.

Friends, whatever you’re going through, the Word says that perfect peace is available. God will not remove His peace from us, but we are certainly capable of letting go of it and reaching for that ball of anxiety. Focusing on each rubber band that created it, instead of the One who fashioned our story.

Today, find that Scripture of peace and meditate upon it. Don’t let it go. When you’re tempted to chase the rabbit, repeat the Scripture until peace centers you, focuses you on the One that matters. And whatever it is keeping you up at night, I pray you remember God has already answered your prayers. We have only to wait for our timing to align with His.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
– Philippians 4:6-7 KJV

Toni Shiloh About Toni Shiloh

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. You can visit Toni at her website.

Comments

  1. Toni, what a beautiful message! The world is full of things to give us worry and anxiety, but we are blessed to have hope in God. We are blessed to be able to go to Him in prayer and ask for His peace.

  2. Thank you x

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