Kept in Perfect Peace: Sept 2-6 TVD

Isaiah 26:3-4 “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.” The promise of peace in these verses is truly great and precious in and of itself, but set in its context, the meaning explodes! Isaiah 24 describes the Final Judgment. It is a disturbing picture of global turmoil such as thus far only experienced on the movie screen. One day, the Lord will crush His enemies, annihilate sin, and totally re-create the heavens and the earth. Everything will be turned upside down in order to make it anew! We have to date only experienced this kind of disruption on the local scale. Landslides, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods cause great panic and destruction, but they are all local. The Bible describes a coming global upheaval. Hear the words of terrifying devastation in 24:1, “Behold, the Lord will empty the earth and make it desolate, and He will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants.” Nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide. Global, final judgment. Chapter 24 is followed by a description of the eternal state and reign of the Lord over the earth and His people. Death is swallowed up, tears are wiped away, reproach of His people has vanished, and every foe is vanquished! Then comes the rich promise of 26:3-4. In the middle of worldwide judgment, on the brink of eternity, the one who trusts in the Lord, whose mind is stayed on the Lord will be kept in perfect peace. Therefore, trust in the Lord forever. Because He is an everlasting rock. This is one promise you can cling to forever!