Trusting God: The True Source
of Peace and Strength
By Pastor Rene Ely
“You keep Him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD God is an everlasting rock.” Isaiah 26:3-4
We all anticipate the time when a vaccine will be discovered to finally end this pandemic but the redeemed in Christ are not at the mercy of an invisible enemy and man’s ingenuity to put an end to this crisis. We are at the mercy and grace of a trustworthy God who alone can give true peace and stability even in the uncertainties of this pandemic’s duration and further effects.
As the crisis prolongs, we have to be careful where we put our trust in seeking true and lasting peace. Let us remember that everything else we put our trust apart from God will just offer us temporary and imperfect peace. Our president, our church leaders, or all other things of this world cannot give us the perfect peace which God alone can give. He alone is Creator and Ruler of the universe who is able to deliver on His promise of perfect peace.
This passage in Isaiah 26:3-4 is part of joyful worship that will be sung in the land of Judah on day of the Messiah’s ultimate triumph, the day when the Messiah reigns over Israel, and over all the world. As the people of God now, we are taught here to triumph in the safety and holy security both of the church in general and of every particular member of it under God’s divine and sovereign protection.
This text then shows how trusting God brings forth two assurances: (1) Trusting God and the assurance that He will keep us in His perfect peace (v. 3), (2) Trusting God and the assurance that He (our Everlasting Rock) will be the source of true strength (v.4)
TRUSTING GOD AND THE ASSURANCE THAT HE WILL KEEP US IN HIS PERFECT PEACE (V. 3)
This “perfect peace” is the peace that is true, real, and solid, contrary to a false and imaginary one promised by the world and the evil one. In the Hebrew text, it is translated as "peace, peace" which is doubled to denote the certainty of it, the enjoyment of it, and the constancy and continuance of it as expressive of the peace which God grants to His people. This is the peace that will be completed in heaven.
To be kept in this perfect peace, our mind must be “stayed on God”. The Hebrew word for “stayed’ comes from the root “to prop” and has the idea “to lean upon or take hold of, bear up, establish, uphold, lay, lean, put, rest or set self, stand fast, stay (self), sustain.” In other words, when we keep our minds stayed (settled upon, established upon) on the LORD Himself, then we can be kept in this perfect peace. If our mind is stayed on ourselves, our problems, on our present crisis, or on anything else then we can’t have this perfect peace. Our enemy loves to get our minds on anything except the LORD. One writer said “The battle for trust in our lives begins in our minds. If we trust the LORD, it will show in our actions, but it will begin in our mind.”
JESUS IS OUR PROMISED “PRINCE OF PEACE” (Isaiah 9:6)
He gave His peace to His disciples and even to us today, a peace that is different from the world when He said “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid”(John 14:27). He promised peace even in the midst of afflictions, "I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). The Apostle Paul assured those who are in Christ, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
This peace with God was made possible for us because of what Christ did on the cross. Made through the gospel when we were reconciled and justified to God through Christ. “And through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross” (Colossians 1:20). “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him, we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:1-2). Praise God for our blessed peace through Christ.
TRUSTING GOD AND THE ASSURANCE THAT HE (OUR EVERLASTING ROCK) WILL BE THE SOURCE OF TRUE STRENGTH (V.4)
Our calls to put our trust in God is not only for a certain period of time but rather forever. This is based on the truth that the Lord God is an everlasting rock (or “everlasting strength” in other translations). Our trust in God is not based on the strength of our faith in Him, but rather on Who He is. He is an eternal Rock, and because He is that, He is trustworthy.
God alone is the everlasting and immovable Rock. So, let us not us seek stability from finite or temporary things. We might be deceived to find refuge for a season in something or someone else, but these other rocks are temporary and crumbling rocks.
JESUS CALLS US TO BUILD OUR LIVES ON HIM AND FAITHFULLY OBEY HIS WORDS (See Matthew 7:24-27).
The rain will fall, the floods will come, the winds will blow, but those who have built a house on Christ the Rock are like a house built on a rock that can withstand these trials. Those who have put their trust in anything else other than Christ are like houses built on sand that cannot hold up and are washed away.
May we never forget that Jesus laid down His life for us that we might find our true dwelling place in Him and be kept in perfect peace. This is not a promise of a crisis-free or trouble-less existence, but rather a life that knows and trusts in a God who holds and keeps us in every season of life even in our present crisis.
May we know and experience God’s perfect peace because our mind is focused and settled on Him with our trust deeply rooted in the One who is our everlasting Rock. “May the Lord give strength to His people! May the Lord bless His people with peace?” (Psalm 29:11). “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13). God bless you all!