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Perfect Peace

Read Isaiah 24:1 through 27:13

Isaiah 25 and 26 are reminiscent of the Psalms and provide a refreshing break from the doom pronounced in previous chapters. Amid all the upheaval and unrest, we find God’s “formula” for peace.

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you (Isaiah 26:3).

An older translation expands the meaning of the word “steadfast”: “whose mind is stayed on thee.” All thoughts and actions of this kind of person come from a mind wholly devoted to trusting in God—a stark contrast to the people in previous chapters who forgot God.

So many search for peace in all the wrong places—money, relationships, reputation. But the picture of perfect peace that Isaiah painted in these chapters focuses on an attitude of gratefulness to God: “You have done wonderful things, things planned long ago” (25:1) and “all that we have accomplished you have done for us” (26:12). Giving credit where credit is due is the key. We find peace in our relationship with God and not in things this world deems important.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, show me today how to keep my thoughts fixed on You.

Quicklook: Isaiah 26:1–9

 

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