Isaiah 55:3, 6-7 NIV 2011
Give ear and come to me; listen that you may live… Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near… Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
Isaiah presented the Israelites God’s presence and peace. They needed to remember God’s words. Psalm 78:1, “My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth.” Their best option was to seek and obey the Lord. Leviticus 18:5a, “Keep my decrees and laws, for the person who obeys them will live by them.” Continually call out to God. Isaiah 65:24, “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.” Return to the Lord. Isaiah 44:22b, “Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” Peace comes through unswerving communion with God.
I am by nature a sinful human being, which makes me no different than any of the Israelites of Isaiah’s day. Believers today have God’s Word available in whatever format we choose. I have a study Bible on my phone with me at all times as well as several versions on the shelf above my desk. Each different translation guarantees I’m grounded in His Words. Daily study of God’s Word keeps my eyes on Him rather than me. Focused on the Father, peace permeates each and every day.
What keeps peace present in the day?
Peacefully focused on God,