You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3
I was born on a Wednesday. The following Sunday, I was in church and nearly every Sunday since then. My family was one who found themselves at church every time the doors were open. We also had family devotions … often. Sometimes this was at breakfast, other times, in the evening before bed. Every summer, we attended Holiness Camp .. even though we had a dairy farm to run, these times were not ignored or skipped. But these things, in themselves, did not save my soul. They were instrumental, but I had to make the decision to follow Christ myself. Each person must trust in Christ. Each one must personally make the decision to follow Him. As it is often said, “God has no grandchildren.” You cannot enter heaven on the coattails of your parents.
Trusting in Christ brings peace. I think it was Rev Kelsey at Bethany UMC in Canton, Ohio that would end every sermon with a prayer that said something like “If there is anyone who has not responded to your call of salvation, let him have NO PEACE until he does so.” I did not appreciate this prayer. I felt it was an attack on me until the day I walked the aisle and gave my heart to Jesus.
During my teen years, a bumper sticker came out that said ” No Jesus ~ No Peace ~ Know Jesus ~ Know Peace” . By then I had given my life fully to the Lord and I really could appreciate the fact that peace comes from knowing Christ.
That prayer has stuck with me and it’s a prayer that I use as I pray for my children and my siblings’ children. I pray that God will give them no peace until they surrender their lives fully to him. I pray that the sin in their lives will become so distasteful that they cannot enjoy it. And, instead, it will recall to them the things they learned growing up attending church. And that they will be drawn to the Prince of Peace.