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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | August 15, 2018

PEACE. Dr. Robert L. Horton

Obtaining Peace (Isaiah 26:3)

Many chase peace as ineffectively as children trying to catch a bird. They pursue it but cannot obtain it. The world overwhelms their senses, smartphones require constant attention, television and radio provide uninterrupted noise, and they run from one activity to another. There is no time for quiet or peace.

God, however, holds out peace as a blessing for His people. In one of the messianic passages of Isaiah, the prophet sings the following to God: “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” (Isa. 26:3). God wants people to enjoy peace, but there is a condition. As it is a gift of God and a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22), it is for those who give themselves to Him. It is for those who trust Him with every area of their lives, who mind routinely takes God in account in all their decisions and activities. This is not natural; it is a spiritual discipline. Like pursuing knowledge or skill, it requires commitment. It takes the adherence of an athlete to his exercise routine to put God first in our thoughts. But God rewards the effort with peace. If we truly want peace, He tells us what to do to obtain it.

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