Perfectly Peaceful

The peaceful sleep of a child

You will keep perfectly peaceful the one whose mind remains focused on you, because he remains in you. Isaiah 26:3 NIV

The one thing that I desire in this life is to be at peace in whatever circumstance I find myself in. A rather tall order for faulty human beings seeking inner stillness in the midst of daily chaos. Like a carrot on a stick, we continue to pursue that which often eludes us.

Along this journey of life, I have come across many different kinds of people walking the proverbial path to spiritual maturity. Some have seemed to discover the secret of being still, though the winds blow and the sea roars, they appear to be unperturbed by all that is around them. For others (myself included), our walk with God seems to be destined to be a rocky road alongside a treacherous cliff, in a thick, almost impenetrable fog. We are following Christ according to the light we have been given, we love Him deeply, yet our fears are welling up as we gaze down at the barely visible valley far below. In desperation we reach for someone to hold on to, grasping at something we can neither touch nor see.

An academic with a PhD in his or her field, if sincere, will admit that the more they study their chosen field of human knowledge, the less they truly understand. Being a follower of Christ is, without exception, like that. As young new believers, we are hungry for the presence of God in our lives and seek to understand everything about Him. The seasons come and go and the years pass by, and somewhere along this path to Christ-like maturity, we become complacent and content with our knowledge of God. We think we understand Him and our theology (study of God) and our doctrine (a belief or set of beliefs held and taught by the church) is contained neatly inside a box of our own making.

Then suddenly, the difficulties of life and living, or perhaps a very real crisis or tragedy comes our way, and our near perfect world is shattered in an instant. Invariably, the first words that come out of our mouth are, “Why God? Why me?”

Our experiential understanding of God and our carefully constructed theology no longer makes sense. Our doctrine does not adequately explain what has just happened in our lives. For some, despondency sets in like poured concrete soon to harden their hearts. They eventually crumble and fall away from God like dust in the wind. For others, the “Why?” of our circumstance ceases, and in an abundance of tears, we cast ourselves upon the mercy of God. Our life and our understanding of our world has suddenly become so much more immense. God has figuratively pulled out the pegs of our tent and allowed it to collapse. In its place, He gives us a spiritual tent or shelter, not built with human hands, that stretches beyond our human comprehension. We are now living under the shelter of the Almighty. Let the winds blow and the billows roll – we have found perfect peace in His shadow.

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1


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