How often do you experience perfect peace? We live in a world that moves at a breathtaking pace that leaves many at the end of the day feeling further behind than when it began. This week’s “Wisdom Wellspring” verse, Isaiah 26:3-4, reminds us that perfect peace is found in our mindset, not necessarily the circumstances of life. Take a moment and read the verse out loud and make note of who will receive perfect peace and who provides it.
“Those whose minds are steadfast” God keeps in perfect peace. What is the key to a steadfast mind? According to Isaiah the key is trust in the Lord. So if we really do trust in the Lord, why do we spend so much time feeling anxious for the day and our future? We are failing to use the key to peace and a steadfast mind. We don’t believe enough in the Lord to trust Him with everything.
Guilty as charged! I have to admit the times I am not at peace are completely linked to the times I’m not trusting God with every area of my life. It’s hard because it isn’t natural to let go and trust. But when I withhold my trust it reveals an area of unbelief or lack of faith in my Rock. Can you relate to this struggle to believe and trust?
Currently our family is in a big trust season. Many Military families can relate. It is the waiting period just before my husband will be told where our family will move next. Sometimes we are given options ahead of time and others we just know it’s coming. Over the many years of this process and fretting over the what if’s, when’s, and how’s that start to race through your mind when you don’t have control we have a solid belief that God is always in control. Our confidence in God grew through the experience of looking for how God’s purposes for each location drew us closer to Him. We now are able to have a steadfast mind securely trusting in the Lord to put us exactly where He can use us for His purposes. It has taken many moves to build our faith and trust in this area of life but I can honestly say the Lord is keeping us at perfect peace as we wait and trust Him for the outcome.I don’t know what you are experiencing in your life right now but I hope you find encouragement to trust in God like Jesus did during his time on earth.
As I reflect on this verse I keep being reminded of the story in Mark 4:35-41 (hover over the scripture reference to read it) where Jesus calms the storm for the disciples. Take a moment to read it as a refresher.
Who made the decision to travel across the lake? Jesus did. Why do you think the disciples and Jesus were having opposite experiences on the stormy waters? I believe Jesus was trusting His Father completely to watch over Him as He rested through the storm and the disciples’ minds were not steadfast so they were easily overcome with fear based on their visible circumstances. Oh how I desire to have a steadfast mind like Christ in all my circumstances of life. What was His response to the panicked cry of the disciples? His response was one of perfect peace. He didn’t respond to their emotional babble rather He spoke to the situation in the power the Lord gave Him- “ Quiet! Be still!” Then he questioned the fearful and faithless response of the men.
Like the disciples, we too, are in a daily battle for a steadfast mind. The original Hebrew word for steadfast provides a visual picture of a laid siege or depending on protection. So if we think of our trust in the Lord being the key to secure the laid siege in our mind— the belief in the sovereign power of God in all our circumstances. We are locking into God’s perfect peace. Isaiah says God will keep us in perfect peace when we are locked into trusting Him. The Hebrew word for keep speaks to watching and guarding. It even describes the meaning of keep as to guard with a military camp within as a protection from penetration. This is a very exciting visual. Can you see it taking form in your heart?
Our faith comes from God who gives us the ability to believe in Christ our Savior. An individual’s belief and acceptance of Christ puts us in a new position of peace with God (Romans 5:1-2). That leads to a personal faith increasing our belief and trust in the Lord’s sovereignty. Which then reinforces our protective siege of God’s truth in our heart and mind. We secure our steadfast mind with the key of trusting the Lord. When we trust on the Lord and not ourselves then God is able to complete His work. He will keep us in perfect peace by His guard within~ our peace with God Himself our eternal Rock!
Do you trust in the eternal Rock to provide you with perfect peace? If you are struggling today with answering with an honest “yes” then take a moment to reflect on what Jesus meant in John 14:27 when He spoke of peace. He was not leaving and giving peace as the world defines it. An absence of war or fighting. The peace Jesus refers to is the peace experienced in closeness with God and the security provided by Him that creates an atmosphere of tranquility beginning within. He is all about transcending the limited experiences of this world. If that isn’t enough then consider the symbolism of the Hebrew word for Rock in Isaiah 26:4. Begin by imagining a steep cliff that is used for a personal refuge. It is a place that symbolizes security and defense because it is known to be inaccessible and it’s foundation is immovable. That is what God is for you~ your refuge, your security, your defense, your immovable foundation, and your eternal perfect peace!
Will you trust the eternal Rock with your today, tomorrows, and eternity?
Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always
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Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”