Perfect Peace

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”

Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)

My family loves to watch episodes of The Waltons, a TV show from the ’70s about a family’s life during the Depression. In the last episode we watched, John Boy noted how all the quiet of his family’s home was disrupted when a gregarious orphan boy returns to live with them. John Boy’s peace was lost because he was focusing on his circumstances instead of remembering what was most important – that all people are valuable and need love.

As I was thinking about this story, it reminded me that we can have peace no matter what our circumstances when we keep our focus on Jesus. Isaiah exhorts us to keep our minds steadfast, or in other words, to lean on God. When we do this, we are guaranteed perfect peace.

Psalm 119:165 tells us if we love God’s law, we can have great peace. And Philippians 4:6-7 encourages us to pray about all things and to pray with thanksgiving so that we can find peace.

As we get closer to Christmas, the day we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, I pray that you have peace.

This week, ponder:

Do I have peace, the kind of peace that only God can provide?

Galatians 5:22, Psalm 29:11

How can I encourage others toward peace?

Share John 14:27 and John 16:33 with someone.


Enjoy a peaceful moment to meditate on the peace of Christ’s birth

in the carol “Silent Night.”


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