One of my many favorite verses is found in Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”
Let me just read this backward for a moment. He who trusts You and keeps his mind stayed on or focused on You will be kept in perfect peace. Now I’m not a math whiz, but that equation adds up to me!
Now let me clarify this for a moment by giving you an example of what I’m talking about. We recently had some nasty storms come through the area. There were power outages, trees down, wind was whipping. When I drove home, I could see the damage of what that storm had produced, but guess what? While the storm was going on, I was sitting in my office at work focused on my work. I was aware of the storm, but safe at my desk.
Do you understand? When I’m encountering some nasty stuff in my life, I seek the Lord as to how He wants me to deal with it, I do what He asks and I praise Him. Each time it loops around in my head, I say, “Lord, I did what You said, now I’m casting the care of it onto You because I know You care for me. You care for my body, You care for my children, You care for my finances, I will praise You and leave it in Your capable hands.”
I trust Him. I fix my eyes on His faithfulness and rest in His perfect peace. He promised and I’m the beneficiary of that promise. It doesn’t mean I don’t get distracted or tempted to have a freak out moment. What it does mean is when I practice shifting my focus and remember that He’s never failed me, I can rest in that. Each time gets a little easier to shift my focus back until at last, I’m not even distracted by it.
My focus can’t remain on the storms of life or I would be of no use to God. I must learn to place those things that are out of my control into the hands of the one I’ve grown to trust, Jesus. To learn to do that, I must first know Him and be confident that He is the same God who healed the sick and raised the dead. The same God who supplied for the widow woman and her son. The same God who hears me when I call. I must know Him.
To quote a pastor/friend of mine, “The greater the trust, the deep the intimacy.” I would never know Walt and trust him if I didn’t spend time with him and learn about him. He reflects God in our home and to those around us. But if we never talked and he never opened up to me and shared his secrets with me, I could not know him.
Peace comes when I train my mind to constantly and consistently think on God and His promises, even when bad storms come into my life and I don’t understand what’s happening. Creating habits, good or bad, comes by repeating the same behavior over and over again. I will keep bringing my mind back to what God said and rest in His promises.
Enjoy Your Perfect Peace! Until Tomorrow,