February 1, 2016

Week Six Devotions by Mike Tucker

Isaiah 26:1-11

“Perfect Peace”
Isaiah ministered in a difficult time. In many ways, it is much like our own. The nation of Israel was going its own way, ignoring God’s Word and counsel. They engaged in unholy alliances, seeking protection from their enemies. Their behavior led to disaster. But Isaiah shares a better way, better for Israel and better for us: Trust God for final and complete victory. In this chapter, Isaiah shifts between the past, present and future. True faith is never dormant. It needs to be exercised.

One of my favorite movies is Mel Gibson’s The Patriot, set in the American Revolution. At a particularly discouraging period for the American colonists, Mel Gibson’s oldest son encourages his father to “Stay the course.” Don’t give in, give up, or give out.

Isaiah is telling Israel and us the same thing. Stay the course. Don’t give up. Keep trusting. Trust is an active, not a passive, activity.

Consider three questions about trust:

Think about a time in your past when you trusted God in a situation. What was the result?
What situations or circumstances are you currently facing that give you the opportunity to trust him completely?
Finally, what makes you anxious about the future?

Trust God in every step. Stay the course. When we trust him, Isaiah assures us of this promise: “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock” (26:3-4).