Perfect Peace

There are always moments in the life of a man who has prostate cancer when peace of mind is in short supply. Personally, I experience times of anxiety as My Story in this website reveals. But God has something very special to say to us about His gift of peace. Isaiah, the Old Testament prophet, wrote the following in Isaiah 26:4-5. “The steadfast of mind Thou wilt keep in perfect peace because he trusts in Thee. Trust in the Lord forever, for in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.” The words “perfect” and “peace” are actually one single Hebrew word– “shalom”. Shalom refers not just to the absence of disease, conflict or worry but the perfection of security, joy, prosperity and serenity. It is the “peace of God which surpasses all understanding” and which “guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” according to Philippians 4:7. Remember also that God’s purpose of trials in our lives is to “perfect” our faith in Him according to James 1:2-4. This “perfect peace” comes to anyone who places his complete trust in the all-powerful, all-loving, sovereign grace of the Lord-the Rock eternal (Is. 26:4). While God uses physicians and medical science to perform wonders in the lives of prostate cancer patients, when we trust in anything or anyone more than the living, personal and eternal God, we actually practice idolatry. Only by trusting in our relationship with God through Jesus Christ, can we experience and possess true “shalom.”