This one year study thru the Bible for kids is designed to hit the highlights and provide practical application. I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Isaiah 26) while we focus in on just a few verses.
Background: The prophet Isaiah wrote this book to the southern tribe of Judah during a time of national emergency. The 12 tribes of Israel had been divided. 10 tribes in the north and 2 in the south (Judah was one of these). Even the tribe of Judah had turned their backs on God and were facing extinction by the cruel Assyrians. In the first 39 chapters are recorded a series of messages that Isaiah preaches over 40 years, to warn the Jews to turn away from their sin and to receive God’s forgiveness and blessing.
Chapters 24-27 of Isaiah are very similar to the book of Revelation in that they describe the Day of the Lord when God’s wrath comes on the earth and all evil is destroyed and the earth is made new. Yesterday we looked out how this is a cause for rejoicing for the believer, it is also a time when chaos seems to be reigning but God brings peace to His own.
Ask the children…
During the Day of the Lord, who does the Lord keep in peace and what kind of peace is it?
“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)
This perfeect peace comes to those who trust in God. It is hard to trust in God during difficult times. How can we live out a trusting life when the world seems to be coming apart?
“all whose thoughts are fixed on you.” (Isaiah 26:3)
One of our greatest tools in our war against evil is our mind. For the mind is so powerful it can invent things, dream dreams, see visions, ponder great thoughts, communicate with others, it allows us to walk and talk, it directs healing and a million other things going on in our bodies. But the most important thing it can do is to direct our thoughts to God. No matter what is happening, that is the most important things we can do and it will keep us at peace.
Ask your children what they do to keep their thoughts on God? They might answer such things as singing songs, praying, reading God’s word, talking about God, listening to God, observing God’s handiwork in creation, etc. Now take some time to practice those things together and see if it doesn’t bring about peace in your hearts.
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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