IS PEACE EVEN POSSIBLE IN 2020?December 6, 2020
In that day, everyone in the land of Judah will sing this song: Our city is strong! We are surrounded by the walls of God’s salvation. 2Open the gates to all who are righteous; allow the faithful to enter.
3You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! 4Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock. Isaiah 26:1-4 NLT
- shalom—wholeness, completeness, fullness of peace.
- Peace isn’t found in the absence of problems. True peace is found in the presence of God.
- The battle for peace always begins in our minds.
You will keep in perfect peace … all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isaiah 26:3 NLT
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast … Isaiah 26:3 NIV
- samak—to lean on completely, to fully rest oneself.
- What’s your mind fixed on?
… Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9… Then the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9 NLT
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 NIV
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NIV
TALK IT OVER
Peace isn’t found in the absence of problems; it’s found in the presence of God. Does that change your perception of what peace is and why it’s important? If so, how?
What problems or struggles have made it difficult for you to find peace recently?
When facing those struggles, how can you pursue the peace that’s found in God’s presence?