How to Experience Perfect Peace

November 5, 2017

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3)

This wonderful promise was given in one of the darkest period of the history of Israel. It can be of great comfort for us today, as we are surrounded by much turmoil, fear, hate and depression. When all is going well, it is easy to read the words of the prophet in a very superficial way; but when times of trial, disappointment, fear, and alarm come on us and the future seems so scary and dark, then how precious are these words to the ones who hear them! Nowhere in the Bible can we read the promise that, if we believe, we will experience on Earth freedom from trouble, pain, sadness, and worry. However, we do have something much better, since there is the promise of perfect peace in the midst of any and all troubles.

But what is perfect peace? Can we define it? For sure it is a condition of freedom from disturbance within the soul and it is perfect harmony reigning within. The Hebrew word shalom has in itself the idea of soundness of health, so that we can be filled with perfect peace to be spiritually healthy and free from all material, emotional, and spiritual discord within the soul. There is no room for jealousy, envy, discontent, uncontrolled temper, selfishness, pride, or intolerance in the soul which is filled with perfect peace.

The perfect peace that God offers, and that we can experience by His grace, is very practical and effective. It is important for us to consider how it is perfect.

It is perfect in QUALITY. There is an imperfect peace that can be defined as peace of ignorance, that is when we imagine that all is going well when, in reality, if our eyes were open to the truth we would know that not all is well (cf. Jer. 6:14). Sometimes we experience the imperfect peace of stagnation. For example, the pool of water may be calm and peaceful, but underneath it is foul and green with slime. There is also the imperfect peace of dependence, which is a peace which is dependent on some thing or some person. This is really unstable and limited, because for the “thing” may fail and the “person” may die! Then, where is the peace? In contrast with these three kinds of imperfect peace, God’s peace is perfect.

It is perfect in QUANTITY. The supply of it is sufficient and it exactly meets all of our needs. Paul wrote: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philip. 4:7). This peace from God is perfect because it is both peace with God (Rom. 5:1 and peace of God (Philip. 4:7).

It is perfect in CONSTANCY. It is permanent and not irregular. “Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade at your right hand" (Ps. 121:4-5). For that to happen the “mind is stayed on You” and really “trusts in You." Notice that Isaiah 26:3 begins with God and ends with God; it begins with “You” and it ends with “You" and the trusting soul is in between. Perfect peace is, by faith, to get in God, and to stay there. Perfect peace is the Lord Himself within us, not an experience, a doctrine, an “it,” but the Lord Himself. Then, our hearts will be fully blessed, and then, and only then, shall we find what He has promised: “Perfect peace and rest.”