July 11, 2017

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

Martin Luther used to say that true religion is to be found in personal pronouns. He meant that it is only when we are able to speak of God as our God and call Jesus our Savior that Christianity becomes more than mere ideas and is truly real for us.

Peace becomes truly real for us when we can say that God is our God and that Jesus is our Savior. When we know that he is for us and not against us then we can live in peace. Remember when the disciple Thomas finally was free from doubting that Jesus was alive? Listen to what he said:

John 20:28 (NLT) — 28 “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.

He used the personal pronouns ‘my’. When he could honestly say ‘my’ peace came into his heart and he no longer doubted. Listen to how David remains in peace:

Psalm 144:1–2 (NLT) — 1 Praise the Lord, who is my rock. He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle. 2 He is my loving ally and my fortress, my tower of safety, my rescuer. He is my shield, and I take refuge in him. He makes the nations submit to me.

Look how many times David uses the personal pronoun ‘my’ when he refers to God. When God is personal peace is perfect!

St. Augustine said about God, “Thou hast formed us for thyself and our hearts are restless until they rest in thee.”

When you talk of God do you find yourself using personal pronouns? If you do you most likely also find yourself enveloped in peace.

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