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I see that far

Bettie Marlowe
Posted 5/17/19

Isaiah 26:3 (KJV): Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

There is no peace without trust. There is no trust unless your “mind is …

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I see that far

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Isaiah 26:3 (KJV): Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

There is no peace without trust. There is no trust unless your “mind is stayed” on the God. That means trust at all times — through all circumstances, in every situation, during “highs,” “lows,” good times and bad times, when there is vision and when there is no vision. For, as Paul write, “… we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:5 KJV).

A father asked his son to carry a letter from their camp to the village. He pointed out the trail over which the lad had never gone before.

“All Right, Dad. But I don’t see how that path will ever reach the town,” said the boy. “You see the trail as far as the big tree down there?” asked the father.

“Oh, yes, I see that far”

“Well, when you get there by the tree, you’ll see the trail a little farther ahead and so on until you get within sight of the houses of the village” — Bible Illusrator

Even so, should we trust God — being willing to follow His directions one step at a time. God will keep those in perfect peace who faithfully trust in Him. They will not be apprehensive because He has already promised He would be with them. His children do not need to be disturbed by events in their lives. Psalm 112:7 tells us, “He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he sees his desire upon his enemies.”

Two painters were asked to paint a picture illustrating peace. The first painted a beautiful evening scene in the foreground of which was a lake, its surface absolutely calm and unruffled. Trees surrounded it, meadows stretched away to the distant cattle gently browsing, a little cottage, the setting sun — all spoke of perfect rest.

The second painter drew a wild, stormy scene. Heavy black clouds hung over overhead: in the center of the picture an immense waterfall poured forth huge volumes of water covered with foam. One could almost hear its increasing roar, yet perhaps the first thing to strike the eye was a small bird, perched in a cleft of a huge rock, absolutely sheltered from all danger, pouring forth its sweet notes of joy.

It is the second painter who could describe the peace that passeth all understanding which is the Lord Jesus Christ. One can only have peace with himself if he has peace with God.

There are times when we feel overshadowed by heavy clouds and surrounded by perils and floods of oppression. There are the times we can experience perfect peace in Christ and feel the safety of His love. These are the times we are closest to Him because His arms are around us and we are hold close to His heart. There are the times we can cry and feel His comfort. These are the times when we enjoy the assurance that “I am a child of God and He will never leave me — Jesus loves me.”

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