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If we accept the truth that God the Father’s works and ways are perfect; if, in fact, He is perfect as Jesus said He was, wonderful avenues of thoughtful truth open to us. In the last two posts, we have looked at God’s perfection in three areas: His discipline, His love, and His power. In this article, let’s look at the God of perfect peace.

God’s peace is perfect. He Himself is peaceful, and He is not anxious about outcomes on the earth or in heaven, because He already knows the end from the beginning: “…I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose…’” (Isaiah 46:9–10).1 Concomitant with His knowledge of all things future, is His ability to exert perfect power. He is at peace also because He is perfectly powerful. As we learned in the last post, there is no power that can interfere with His ability to interact with any event at any time. Anything that occurs, therefore, must somehow be His will, even though the outcomes of various situations may be dreadfully painful or impossible for us to comprehend.

Knowing the end from the beginning is knowledge that is too wonderful for us, as David expressed: “Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it (Psalm 139:4–6). In spite of our rightful admission that His ways are higher than ours, God’s power and knowledge of the future will help Christian believers have peace, if they seek Him. Perhaps this analogy will help. If you watch a football game on delayed broadcast and know your team has already won, you are not anxious about the outcome, even though, as you watch, your team may be behind in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. In a sense, you have perfect sovereign knowledge in that small bit of information. If we are sons and daughters of our amazing Father, we have access to the peace of the One who possesses knowledge of all things at all times and therefore can trust Him: “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you” (Isaiah 26:3). If we earnestly strive to keep our minds steadfast on this perfect-knowledge-of-the-end-from-the-beginning God, there is peace there. He knows the outcome of “your game,” so to speak—He has known it since the beginning of time. And the outcome of all that you endure is good, because He is good—perfectly good. We will look at that aspect of God’s nature in the next post.

1All scriptures from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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