Bible Passage for Meditation: Isaiah 26:1-6
Key Verse: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3
Hudson Taylor, one of the early pioneer missionaries to the interior of China, spent many years working as a missionary in service to the Lord before he realized the significance of the gospel personally. Discouraged with the weight of sin and his constant shortcomings, he longed for peace but saw only darkness. At times he wondered if it was even possible that Christ could save him.
However, one day the truth of the gospel came home to him, and he grasped the fullness of what Christ came to bring. In a letter to his sister, he described his awakening experience and its effect upon his life.
“How to get faith strengthened? Not by striving after faith, but by resting on the Faithful One,” he wrote. “I have striven in vain to rest in Him. I’ll strive no more. For has He not promised to abide with me—never to leave me, never to fail me? . . . The sweetest part, if one may speak of one part being sweeter than another, is the rest which full identification with Christ brings. I am no longer anxious about anything, as I realize this; for He, I know, is able to carry out His will, and His will is mine. It makes no matter where He places me, or how. For in the easiest positions He must give me grace, and in the most difficult His grace is sufficient” (V. Raymond Edman, They Found the Secret, p. 20).
Others, who were witnesses to Hudson Taylor’s transformed life, later added their own testimonies.
“He was a man bearing tremendous burdens, yet absolutely calm and unruffled. He was an object lesson in quietness. He drew from the bank of heaven every farthing of his daily income—‘My peace I give unto you.’ Whatever did not agitate the Savior, or ruffle His spirit was not to agitate him. Although occupied with millions, he knew nothing of rush or hurry, of quivering nerves or vexation of spirit. He knew there was a peace passing all understanding, and that he could not do without” (Edman, p. 20).
Hudson Taylor became a living example of what it is like to live in peace, peace above the storm. This is the peace that Jesus lived, and the peace that He wants to give us as well.
In Christ’s Object Lessons we are told, “When trials arise that seem unexplainable, we should not allow our peace to be spoiled. However unjustly we may be treated, let not passion arise. By indulging a spirit of retaliation we injure ourselves. We destroy our own confidence in God, and grieve the Holy Spirit. There is by our side a witness, a heavenly messenger, who will lift up for us a standard against the enemy. He will shut us in with the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness. Beyond this Satan cannot penetrate. He cannot pass this shield of holy light” (p. 171, 172).
No matter the stress or storms we face today, no matter the many responsibilities demanding our immediate attention, let us pray to be shut in by the beams of Christ’s righteousness!
Heart Prayer Challenge:
Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You for the sweet peace that You give us as we turn our hearts and eyes upon You. You promise never to leave us or forsake us, and You promise to carry our burdens when we surrender them to You. As we continue praying for Your Holy Spirit to be poured out on our church, we ask that You would pour out a spirit of peace and forgiveness, of meekness and love in our hearts toward one another. Help us to be patient and forgiving of each other’s faults, and in the ways that we might disagree, help us to still act toward one another in love, without hypocrisy. Shield us from the attacks of the enemy and from allowing him to rob us of the gift of Your peace. Thank You, Father. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
By Melody Mason
(Melody is author of Daring to Ask for More: Divine Keys to Answered Prayer and coordinator of 100 Days of Prayer. She currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. To read more of Melody’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)