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. NKJV
In The Passion Translation, it says; Perfect, absolute peace surrounds those whose imaginations are consumed with you; they confidently trust in you.
This is how I see this verse being played out; I can have the end result, perfect peace, IF and WHEN I stay focused on God and trust Him. I think thats pretty straight forward, don’t you? But HOW? How do I stay focused on Him?
Three nights in a row we had some pretty bad storms come through our area. High winds, rain, lots of lightening, water spouts. I enjoy watching those storms because I’ve always liked storms and have taught my girls to appreciate them as well. My mom would always pray and trust God to take care of us and I’ve followed that course as well.
We know people who don’t feel the same way about storms, in fact they don’t like them, they’re fearful. My mother-in-law was one of those people. Each time there were bad storms, she would call me and tell me to get the girls and take them to shelter because it was really bad outside. I’m not going to be foolish about them, but I refuse to be afraid, I’ve placed my trust in the one who has never failed me. Sometimes, I’ve heard him direct me out of the path of a storm and was thankful I listened.
My focus can’t remain on the storms of life or I would be 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 deeper 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, I could not know him.
Peace comes when I train my mind to constantly think on God and His promises, even when bad storms come into my life and I don’t understand what’s happening. Creating good or bad habits 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.
I want that absolute perfect peace, don’t you? So let’s flood our imaginations with stories of how God protected His people in times past and remember, He’s the same, yesterday, today and forever!