Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3
Peace. The Lord has been teaching me about peace lately. A message that seems to be a theme these last few years. To be honest, peace is NOT my default. Stress, hurry, anxiety, push, burdened, overwhelmed. These are my default. These are the lies I listen to on a daily basis.
I have been challenged of late to reevaluate what I really believe. Not what I ‘say’ I believe, but what I must really believe. I feel as though the Lord continues to show me that how I act really shows what I believe.
For instance, I ‘say’ that I know I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. But I 'act’ as though I need to somehow earn this righteousness, earn His love and acceptance.
This morning as I was praying and meditating on peace and choosing peace and letting the peace of God rule my heart, the above verse came to my mind. I thought, ‘yes, Lord, what a lovely verse.’ Warm fuzzies filled my heart. Yes, as I keep my mind stayed on You, YOU keep me in perfect peace. Love it. (But wait for it.)
“Because he trusteth in Thee” Ahhh, why/how can one keep their mind stayed on Thee? Because they TRUST in You! Perhaps my innate inability to ‘keep my mind stayed on Thee’ has to do with my trust in You.
When the wheels begin to fall off my day or my life, I lunge for control. I acquiesce to stress, anxiety, push and pressure. Without even a second thought, no less. No peace, only tension.
But, when my trust is totally and utterly in You and I don’t need to control or handle all ‘this’, then I am able to keep my mind stayed on Thee.
Off to practice peace, to trust and rest . . . pray for me as I am still in my quiet time chair, behind closed doors, in my pajamas, sipping tea, oblivious to the ‘mess’ out there. Wait, perhaps I could just stay here all day with you??? No? Okay, I’m off.
Peace be with you, my friend!