In peace. Not just any peace, but the peace of God which surpasses all understanding. This is the peace that we desire to find ourselves in. Isaiah 26:3 tells us, “He will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Jesus tells us that He gives us His peace and that it is not the same peace the world gives. There are no strings attached to the peace Jesus gives. There are no unspoken expectations, no have to-s in order to obtain it, and no guilt trip after receiving it.
The peace of Christ is freely given. We remain in that peace as our minds are stayed upon God…because we trust in Him. The phrase to ‘stay our mind’ in Hebrew carries the idea of leaning upon or being propped up due to bracing. It means we are not standing on our own. We know we cannot and we do not want to. In this place of leaning we find ourselves kept in God’s perfect peace. It reminds us of the hymn that says this,
“What a fellowship, what a joy divine, Leaning on the everlasting arms! What a blessedness, what a peace is mine, Leaning on the everlasting arms!
Leaning, leaning, Safe and secure from all alarms; Leaning, leaning, Leaning on the everlasting arms.
What have I to dread, what have I to fear, Leaning on the everlasting arms! I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, Leaning on the everlasting arms!”
- A. Hoffman – 1887
This is the place we find ourselves in peace. Where we lean upon Jesus for our safety, well-being, and as our source of everything. How do we remain in peace? We continue to recall that Jesus is near and also continue to choose to trust Him. As we choose to trust Him our minds are fixed upon Him as we look upward with expectation that He will meet our every need. Our peace need not be broken, but the sad reality is that it can be due to our eyes being removed from the Savior and put back on self. But, we may enter back in by simple repentance and faith. And then, once again, we find ourselves in peace. Not of our own doing, but of Christ’s. Not our own peace, but His. Not by our own merit, but due to the sacrifice and choice of Jesus. It is our privilege to be in peace.