Take a moment and think about your first thoughts around the word peace.
Maybe you're thinking it has been so long I don't even know what that feels like anymore.
Maybe you're wondering if in the chaos of life...is peace attainable?
The answer is YES.
And not just peace... Perfect peace.
You maybe wondering...
When can I have this? Not now, surely not in this life...
YES even now.
But we just got word that a friend at work died and I heard on the radio that a child was taken from their family in a car accident...(true things I heard today)
Yes even so.
In these chapters we are seeing a look into the future. The promises about victory and when Christ comes again. The beauty of chapter 26 where we find this perfect peace, is that this is also "in that day". The same day we had just read about in chapters 24-25.
God is always our refuge - 25:4
And "on this mountain He will destroy the shroud that enfolds all people, the sheer that covers all nations; He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; He will remove His people's disgrace from all the earth." 25:7-8
What does this sound like?
Revelation 21:4, remember the new heaven and new earth?? He will wipe every tear.
But get this, He is our refuge now!
He is our perfect peace NOW!
"You HAVE BEEN a refuge..." 25:4
We keep in perfect peace when our minds are on Him. BECAUSE He is our refuge!! "Trust in the Lord forever, in the Lord, the Lord Himself, is the Rock eternal." 26:4
How with all this chaos?
"Yes, Lord, walking in the way of Your laws, we wait for You; Your name and renown are the desire of our hearts." 26:8
We can have perfect peace now because we have Him NOW!
He promises to be our refuge now and to wipe every single tear. This doesn't mean no heartbreak because the world is cursed (24:6) but EVEN SO, He is enough! We can trust that He is who He says He is, that He is a good Father and that He is GOOD at being God.