“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3).
Doesn’t that sound nice?
How can we experience perfect peace?
The Hebrew reads, “You will keep in perfect peace he whose mind leans/rests/stays on you; because in you he trusts.”
God is the keeper and the giver of perfect peace. Jesus reiterates this truth when he says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give you as the world gives” (John 14:27). The peace God offers in Jesus Christ is a peace that the world cannot give because the world does not possess such peace.
Perfect peace is not an emotion or a feeling. Peace is a reality.
Perfect peace is not something we can generate on our own. It is something that is given.
This is a peace that is experienced, not only in the absence of pain and suffering, but in the very midst of the worst that the world can dish out. This is a peace that surpasses all understanding.
How can we experience such peace?
Keep our minds on God. Lean on, rest upon, stay with God. When our thoughts rest on God, they don’t have the opportunity to rest on fear.
When we rest, trust, lean on, and focus on God, we have perfect peace.