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[{"status":"publish","site_id":"1","date":1648425600000,"title":"His Peace","author":"3414976","bible_in_a_year":"<a href=\"https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges+4%E2%80%936%3B+Luke+4%3A31%E2%80%9344\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"scripture reference verse\" class=\"scripture-link\" data-category=\"scripture-link\" data-action=\"bible-in-a-year\" data-label=\"Bible in a Year\">Judges 4–6; Luke 4:31–44</a>","bible_in_a_year_references":"Judges 4–6; Luke 4:31–44","bible_in_a_year_url":"https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges+4%E2%80%936%3B+Luke+4%3A31%E2%80%9344","categories":["Trust in God"],"tags":[],"content":"<p>For several months, I coped with intense workplace politics and intrigues. Worrying is second nature to me, so I was surprised to find myself at peace. Instead of feeling anxious, I was able to respond with a calm mind and heart. I knew that this peace could come only from God.</p>\n<p>In contrast, there was another period in my life when everything was going well&mdash;and yet I felt a deep unrest in my heart. I knew it was because I was trusting in my own abilities instead of trusting God and His leading. Looking back, I&rsquo;ve realized that true peace&mdash;God&rsquo;s peace&mdash;isn&rsquo;t defined by our circumstances, but by our trust in Him.</p>\n<p>God&rsquo;s peace comes to us when our minds are steadfast (Isaiah 26:3). In Hebrew, the word for <em>steadfast</em> means &ldquo;to lean upon.&rdquo; As we lean on Him, we&rsquo;ll experience His calming presence. &nbsp;We can trust in God, remembering that He&rsquo;ll humble the proud and wicked and smooth the paths of those who love Him (vv. 5&ndash;7).</p>\n<p>When I experienced peace in a season of difficulty rather than ease, I discovered that God&rsquo;s peace isn&rsquo;t an absence of conflict, but a profound sense of security even in distress. It&rsquo;s a peace that surpasses human understanding and guards our hearts and minds in the midst of the most difficult of circumstances (Philippians 4:6&minus;7).</p>\n","excerpt":"<p>For several months, I coped with intense workplace politics and intrigues. Worrying is second nature to me, so I was surprised to find myself at peace. Instead of feeling anxious, I was able to respond with a calm mind and heart. I knew that this peace could come only from God.</p>\n<p>In contrast, there was another period in my life when everything was going well&mdash;and yet, I felt a deep unrest in my heart. I knew it was because I was trusting in my own abilities instead of trusting God and His leading. Looking back, I&rsquo;ve realized that true peace&mdash;God&rsquo;s peace&mdash;isn&rsquo;t defined by our circumstances, but by our trust in Him.</p>\n<p>God&rsquo;s peace comes to us when our minds are steadfast (Isaiah 26:3). In Hebrew, steadfast means &ldquo;to lean upon.&rdquo; As we lean on Him, we&rsquo;ll experience His calming presence. &nbsp;We can trust in God, remembering that He&rsquo;ll humble the proud and wicked and smooth the path of those who love Him (vv. 5&ndash;7).</p>\n<p>When I experienced peace in a season of difficulty rather than ease, I discovered that God&rsquo;s peace isn&rsquo;t an absence of conflict, but a profound sense of security even in distress. It&rsquo;s a peace that surpasses human understanding and guards our hearts and minds in the midst of the most difficult of circumstances (Philippians 4:6&minus;7).</p>\n","insights":"<p>In the chapters leading up to the hope-filled passage of Isaiah 26:3&ndash;7, we read the phrase &ldquo;in that day&rdquo; thirty-four times. The prophet Isaiah anticipates a day marked by swift divine judgment against those who ignore and defy God&rsquo;s commands. A key target of God&rsquo;s displeasure is the self-serving pride of human beings and their governments. The prophet writes, &ldquo;He humbles those who dwell on high, he lays the lofty city low; he levels it to the ground and casts it down to the dust&rdquo; (v. 5). This isn&rsquo;t likely a reference to a particular city but rather a poetic declaration of God&rsquo;s displeasure with the world systems that deny Him. Yet Isaiah also prophesies a time when justice, righteousness, and peace will be the order of the day. &ldquo;In that day,&rdquo; the victims of &ldquo;the lofty&rdquo; will tread in triumph over the ruins and rubble of their oppressors&rsquo; works (vv. 5&ndash;6).</p>","passage":"<a href=\"https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+26%3A3%E2%80%937\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"scripture reference verse\" class=\"scripture-link\" data-category=\"scripture-link\" data-action=\"passage\" data-label=\"Scripture Passage\">Isaiah 26:3–7</a>","passage_url":"https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+26%3A3%E2%80%937","passage_reference":"Isaiah 26:3–7","response":"<p>What do you do to experience peace? In what areas of your life do you need to trust God and lean on Him?&nbsp;</p>","thought":"<p>Father, help me to trust You and have a steadfast mind. Thank You for the perfect peace that comes to me when I choose to trust You.</p>","verse":"<p>You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. <a href=\"https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+26%3A3\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"scripture reference verse\" class=\"scripture-link\" data-category=\"scripture-link\" data-action=\"verse\" data-label=\"Key Verse\">Isaiah 26:3</a></p>\n","meta":"[object Object]","insight_question":"","author_name":"Karen Huang","slug":"his-peace","insights_author":"6","insights_author_id":"6","email_image_url":"https://d626yq9e83zk1.cloudfront.net/ebread/dailyimages/odbdevo_20220328e.jpg","preheader_text":"For several months, I coped with intense workplace politics and intrigues. Worryin...","brand_logo_url":"https://odb.org/wp-content/themes/odbm-base-ourdailybread/images/odb_logo.svg","language":"","date_id":1648425600000}]