HERO CENTRAL August 7-11 Vacation Bible School

July 13, 2017

Isaiah 26:3 (NLT) — 3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

There is an old saying that goes like this: “What you focus on the longest becomes the strongest”. If peace is to become strong in your life you can’t let thoughts that destroy peace  consume your thinking. For instance if there is a person at work that is inconsiderate and obnoxious the more you think about the person the more irritated you will become and perfect peace will not be yours. That person will go about their work happily humming a tune oblivious to your unrest. Focus your thoughts on what the person would be like if  his or her heart was changed by Jesus. Focus on giving that person an accurate picture of Jesus. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you.

Remaining in perfect peace really is a matter of focus. And according to our memory verse our focus must be on God. If you find yourself drifting away from perfect peace check your focus and readjust accordingly. Asaph was a guy that had drifted out of perfect peace. He was not focusing on God so he had to refocus in order to live in peace. Here is his story:

Psalm 73 (NLT) — A psalm of Asaph. 1 Truly God is good to Israel, to those whose hearts are pure. 2 But as for me, I almost lost my footing. My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone. 3 For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness. 4 They seem to live such painless lives; their bodies are so healthy and strong. 5 They don’t have troubles like other people; they’re not plagued with problems like everyone else. 6 They wear pride like a jeweled necklace and clothe themselves with cruelty. 7 These fat cats have everything their hearts could ever wish for! 8 They scoff and speak only evil; in their pride they seek to crush others. 9 They boast against the very heavens, and their words strut throughout the earth. 10 And so the people are dismayed and confused, drinking in all their words. 11 “What does God know?” they ask. “Does the Most High even know what’s happening?” 12 Look at these wicked people— enjoying a life of ease while their riches multiply. 13 Did I keep my heart pure for nothing? Did I keep myself innocent for no reason? 14 I get nothing but trouble all day long; every morning brings me pain. 15 If I had really spoken this way to others, I would have been a traitor to your people. 16 So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper. But what a difficult task it is! 17 Then I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked. 18 Truly, you put them on a slippery path and send them sliding over the cliff to destruction. 19 In an instant they are destroyed, completely swept away by terrors. 20 When you arise, O Lord, you will laugh at their silly ideas as a person laughs at dreams in the morning. 21 Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside. 22 I was so foolish and ignorant— I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you. 23 Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand. 24 You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. 25 Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. 26 My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever. 27 Those who desert him will perish, for you destroy those who abandon you. 28 But as for me, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.

Don’t lose your footing. Like Asaph refocus and enjoy God’s perfect peace.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Mary Anne Frank says:

    Thank you, Dan for this Psalm today. I needed this reminder. I sometimes forget that it’s my heart that God is after. He truly remains the strength of my heart. He is mine forever.

  2. For yesterday, waiting for God’s timing in all my circumstances takes resistance to fight my own will. Giving in to my timing produces no peace…eventually. Waiting on God produces peace in that very moment! When I think my own understanding of timing is right, I need to stop and acknowledge the One who has timing down to perfection!

    I second Mary Anne’s thank you for Psalm 73! I too found verses 23-26 very reassuring today:)