Isaiah 26:3 – Shalom, Shalom

Isaiah 26:3
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Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

-The phrase “perfect peace” here is actually the Hebrew word “shalom” repeated- “shalom, shalom“.  However you choose to identify it, (peace-peace, double-peace, perfect peace) this complete peace sounds like something that is sorely lacking in the world today.  How can we achieve this peace beyond peace?  Notice the condition given in the verse, “whose mind is stayed on thee“.  Perfect peace is out there waiting for everyone; the promise has been given and the Lord is able to deliver, but it is only promised to those whose minds are fixed on the Lord.  How many of us can truly make such a claim?   When your plans fail, or troubles come, or things just don’t turn out the way you planned; what’s your first reaction?  Do you fall into a state of panic or do you offer up those burdens in prayer?  Does bad news force you to mourn what’s been lost or does it make you thankful for what remains?  The answers to these questions will determine if your mind is fixed on the Lord or on the circumstances or life.  One is the promise of perfect peace, the other can only bring fear and uncertainty.

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