Perfect from ryanjoy Three Perfect ThingsWhen chaos churns around and within us, that’s when we most need to remember that the most important things are just as they should be today.1. Perfect Peace - What stays your mind? Isaiah gives us a song about a strong city, with bulwarks and walls provided by God for a people who keep faith (Isa. 26:1-2). Then it tells us who will know God’s perfect peace:“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” (Isa. 26:3-4, ESV).Fear and anxiety creep into the best of us, and every time they do, we return to our everlasting rock. “Be anxious for nothing” — instead, we make our requests with gratitude (Php. 4:6). Where Isaiah called the result of trusting God “perfect peace,” Paul describes it as “peace that passes understanding” guarding over our hearts (Php. 4:7). Jesus says the peace he gives is unlike any the world can give:“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27).2. Perfect Love - How is fear cast out? John describes a “perfect love” that “casts out fear” (1 John 4:18). The word “perfect” doesn’t mean flawless here, but mature love that fulfills its purpose. When we “come to know and to believe the love God has for us” we can “abide in” God’s love (1 John 4:16). We find confidence (1 John 4:17) as love tosses our fear out the door. This isn’t talking about any form of fear, we have a reverent fear of God, we have a sense of caution, but there’s no room for panic, no place for foreboding angst to creep over our soul. We have confidence rooted in the fact that the scariest thing you could imagine — the day of judgment — holds NO reason for fear for us (1 John 4:17). 3. Perfect God - What can you count on? When the day-to-day rituals and fixtures of our lives are interrupted, it can give us a sense of unease, looking for something to hold onto. God is the firmest ground we can ever stand on. As David spoke of God’s perfect way, he felt like nothing could stop him if God was with him:“For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him” (Ps. 18:29-30). There is no unknown with God (Ps. 147:5). There is no limit to his ability to bring good, in any circumstance (Rom. 8:28). We share in Paul’s prayer for our brothers and sisters: “Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 6:23).