Peace. When you get right down to it, there is only one thing we desire in life and that’s peace. All of our pursuits are headed towards that one destination. Peace is the tranquility of soul. It is a blessed state of contented being. Peace is not affected by external or environmental circumstance. It is generated from within. True peace is arrived at when our mind, body, spirit and soul are assured of salvation. This can only come through repentance to God, accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior and receiving the Holy Ghost.
Man gets misguided. Instead of peace he pursues happiness. This causes him to chase after money, sex, status, drugs and alcohol, a big car, a big house or whatever material or sensual thing that seems to please him. It is inner turmoil that motivates and fuels the pursuit of happiness. That turmoil burning within can only be quenched by inner peace.
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3
Focus on God and His ways and God will keep him in, “perfect peace”. Perfect peace sounds wonderful but gets even better when you look how it was originally written in Hebrew. What is translated in the King James as “perfect peace” is actually, “Shalom, Shalom”.
“Shalom” is like the Hawaiian word, “Aloha” in that it has multiple uses and multiple meanings. Most folks use “shalom” to mean peace. But the connotations expand past peace to include concepts such as completeness, soundness, welfare and tranquility.
Repeating a word is a literary device used by the Hebrews to stress the importance of that word. For example when Jesus said, “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46). Jesus was stressing the fact that the people called him “Lord”.
So Isaiah is stressing PEACE to thus who keep God forefront in their thoughts.
The 1599 Geneva Bible brings an interesting interpretation to this passage that the King James Version doesn’t. It highlights an aspect of the verse we must consider.
“By an assured purpose wilt thou preserve perfect peace, because they trusted in thee” (Isaiah 26:3).
This translation doesn’t so much stress the peace of God, but rather the guarantee of that peace by God. The footer notes from the Geneva Bible stress this. “Thou hast decreed so, and thy purpose cannot be changed.”
God, that cannot lie (Titus 1:2) has made a promise, a compact with man. Think upon Him always and He will always keep you in peace.
“Thou wilt keep him in peace; in perfect peace, inward peace, outward peace, peace with God, peace of conscience, peace at all times, in all events. Trust in the Lord for that peace, that portion, which will be for ever. Whatever we trust to the world for, it will last only for a moment; but those who trust in God shall not only find in him, but shall receive from him, strength that will carry them to that blessedness which is for ever. Let us then acknowledge him in all our ways, and rely on him in all trials.” Matthew Henry commentary on Isaiah 26:3.
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