You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isaiah 26:3 (NLT)
The prophet Isaiah was inspired by the Holy Spirit to pen this encouragement to God’s people in the midst of tough times. He was letting them know that if they trust in the Lord and if they can fix their thoughts on Him they will be sustained in perfect peace.
Our times may not be as filled with danger as it was for this ancient audience, but we have our share of modern troubles to contend with. We too stumble headlong under the weights of responsibilities and modern stress. Those ancient words ring true in the ears of believers everywhere today: Trust God, think about His benefits, and you will be at peace!
An ancient king, renowned for his wisdom, wrote this for our consideration:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5–6 (NLT)
Often our fears and anxieties occur because we are not sure which way to go. We do not know what to say. However, if we trust the Lord, He will show us what is right. We must focus on God and obey His will in everything we do.
I have read that when there is a hurricane on the surface of the ocean, surprisingly, a few feet down, it is calm. In the same way, it may seem like everything in our lives is negatively impacted by powerful forces beyond our control. However, deep within, we can be cool, calm, and collected. We know that in all things God is working for our good.*
There is an excellent peace in knowing that our Heavenly Father knows best. As we focus our minds on Him, He will be faithful to lead us like a good shepherd. Paul wrote his audience to always think about the right stuff, regardless of what the world threw at them:
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me — everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8–9 (NLT)
Who is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable? Who does things that are excellent and worthy of praise? Our God! Our amazing God has all of those wonderful attributes!
Paul also wrote about them doing what is right, what is righteous, and what pleases the Lord. He wanted his readers to experience the God of peace in their lives! See, if you will trust the Lord, and fix your thoughts on the good God you serve, He will help you to live right and do right. He will empower you to imitate Him. He will be the peace that sustains you.
- Who do you trust?
- Who don’t you trust?
- Do you really trust the Lord?
- Do you trust Him beyond your understanding?
- Are you focusing your thoughts and meditations on who God is and what He is about?
- Are you doing what is good and right?
- Are you expecting the peace of God and the God of Peace to fill your day?
- Good. Keep it up! Keep your peace!
* See Romans 8:28.
Article excerpted from The Art of Peace: 21 Days To A More Peaceful You by Iann Schonken: