Isaiah 26:3-4 (NIV), John 16:33 (NIV), Philippians 4:7 (NIV)
3 You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
4 Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
An old Rabbi spoke these words of encouragement to a man who was terribly discouraged about life and felt the situation was hopeless.
“I need to tell you that to a Jew there is only one unforgivable sin and that is the sin of despair. To say of any situation that it is hopeless, to say that there is nothing redemptive that can possibly be done; that is simply not a position that we consider to be tenable. Humanly speaking, despair is presumptuous. It is saying something about reality that we finite human beings have no right to say because we don’t know everything.”
Despair is presumptuous because we are finite beings incapable of knowing all that we need to know. And despair is presumptuous because “the Lord himself, is the Rock Eternal,” the infinite God who knows the beginning and the end and everything that is between. For God nothing is impossible.
We are not aware of all that God has in mind. Those who trust in God,…God will keep in perfect peace; that’s wholeness.
Jesus said this as well, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” “…in me you may have peace.”
Seek the Prince of Peace who takes away our despair.