Learning To Live At Peace With God and Yourself

This is a verse to teach your children: “The steadfast of mind Thou wilt keep in perfect peace. Because He trusts in Thee” (Isaiah 26:3, NASB). The King James Versison is also very instuctive: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”

How do you come to a point of peace in your life? We all know the need to be at peace with ourselves, sort of “being comfortable in our own skin” as we say. However, the word for “peace” means so much more than simply being comfortable with ourselves. It is a rich word which means “wholeness” or “completeness.” In other words, the person who experiences shalom (peace) experiences the joy of rich, harmonious relationships. The word describes a peace which is indescribable and indestructible. Actually, the Hebrew simply says God will keep the steadfast of mind in “peace, peace”–the language impresses the point that this is a special kind of peace that comes only from God.

First, keep your mind on God. The mind here describes the whole inner attitude and habit of a person. It certainly means to think on God and the things of God, but it means more than that. It means to thrust your whole self toward God.  It means to worship and desire Him with your whole being. The word for keep means to watch or guard, as one standing sentry.

What a beautiful picture! When we keep our mind on God, God keeps us in rich, harmonious relationships. The key is keeping our mind on Him.

Second, trust in God. Trust means to rely on God or to put your weight down on Him. Trust or faith is confidence in God and commitment to God.

Therefore, the prophet points us to a God who wants the best for us. He wants to give us His peace.

He simply asks that we rely on Him for the needs of life and place Him at the center of our lives.

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2 Comments


  1. Ed Matthew
    May 20, 2012

    Shalom Shalom Raboni!


  2. Ed Matthew
    May 20, 2012

    A Dutch Lullaby March 9, 1889, Eugene Field

    Winkin’. Blinikin’, and Nod, one night sailed off in a wooden shoe;
    Sailed off on a river of crystal light into a sea of dew.
    “Where are you going and what do you wish?” the old moon asked the three.
    “We’ve come to fish for the herring fish that live in this beautiful sea.
    Nets of silver and gold have we,” said Winkin’, Blinkin’ and Nod.

    The old moon laughed and sang a song as they rocked in the wooden shoe.
    And the wind that sped them all night long ruffled the waves of dew.
    Now the little stars are the herring fish that live in that beautiful sea;
    “Cast your nets wherever you wish never afraid are we!”
    So cried the stars to the fishermen three – Winkin’, Blinkin’, and Nod.

    So all night long their nets they threw to the stars in the twinkling foam.
    ‘Til down from the skies came the wooden shoe bringing the fisherman home.
    ‘Twas all so pretty a sail it seemed as if it could not be.
    Some folks say ‘twas a dream they dreamed of sailing that misty sea.
    But I shall name you the fisherman three – Winkin’, Blinkin’, and Nod.

    Now Winkin’ and Blinkin’ are two little eyes and Nod is a little head.
    And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies is a wee one’s trundle bed.
    So close you eyes while mother sings of wonderful sights that be.
    And you shall see those beautiful things as you sail on the misty sea,
    Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three – Winkin’, Blinkin’, and Nod.

    Never miss and opportunity to demonstrate through our actions: life with Christ is more than meets the eye. Timeless.

    Thank you.

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But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. — James 3:17-18 (NIV)