You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
“Whose thoughts are fixed on you...” Pastor Dean was teaching from Ezekiel 22 on Sunday, and in this chapter part of Ezekiel’s message to the people from the Lord (along with a host of sins listed for which they are guilty) is this: ...But me you have forgotten, declares the Lord God. Dean explained that forgotten here isn’t the kind of forgotten that is a lapse in memory, but it’s the ignoring kind of forgotten. Dean said, “The people were guilty of ignoring God’s commands, following other gods, and living in fear.” That’s how they’ve forgotten God. They were not only ignoring all his commands but also ignoring all he has done.
This message isn’t just for the Hebrews back then, unfortunately, Believers still do this today. When a new crisis emerges it is automatic and certain we’ll get amnesia about the last crisis God has already seen us through. How freeing it would be to live without amnesia? Just let the crisis come with no fear because we don’t forget who God is and what he does for us.
Then we would personally experience the first half of this Isaiah 26:3 passage: Perfect Peace.
I love how God distributes perfect peace to an imperfect people who choose to remember him!
Help me to remember you today. Help me not to fall into the trap of being overwhelmed by circumstances and just live how you say and remember all you have done. And I thank you so much for the peace that truly does accompany this lifestyle. Though the problems may linger, so does your peace; and I’d much rather have problems with your peace than problems without your peace. I love you and pray in your Son’s name, amen.