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War and Peace

Isaiah 26:3

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

If you could describe in two words how you feel right now, what would they be? Until I read Isaiah 26:3, I would have said “growing anxiety” or “rising frustration”—definitely not perfect peace. See, I had high hopes for today when I woke up this morning; but then that phone-call came in with a price quote way above my budget, and then I had to rush to UPS to send a package I’d promised to send two days ago, and then I looked at my kids’ sick faces and heard my wife’s weathered voice and figured that the downward trajectory of my day was unavoidable. But reading Isaiah 26:3 altered my course. Yes, better news from the contractor would be nice; healthy, quiet kids would be welcome; energy and inspiration in my work would be valuable; but what I really need is to trust in the Lord. Only in the moments when I fix my affections on Him, only when He becomes my highest aim can I experience the peace He designed my heart to possess.  

So Christian, fix your eyes on Jesus today and let His peace resound above the conflict.