You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock. – Isaiah 26:3-4 (ESV)
Ahhhh… the idea of having a heart at perfect peace. Unruffled. Unflappable. Unmoved by the troubles of this world.
Sounds nice, huh?
I wish I could say I never worry, never have anxious moments… But I do. I’m human.
I’ve spent a lot of my life seeking peace until I finally got it through my thick, balding head that peace is neither a state of mind nor the absence of conflict in our lives. When we seek to find peace through controlling our circumstances, we only end up with more inner turmoil and anxiety.
Notice what Isaiah tells us. Peace comes when we put our focus on God. Not ourselves. Not our troubles or worries. Just on Him. Trusting Him fully no matter what. Understanding that peace comes through trust in theLord, Who is infinitely greater than any giant we may face.
To the degree we stay focused on the Lord, putting our faith and hopes on Him alone, we will find perfect, full, complete peace. Rest for our weary souls. Refreshment for our tired spirits. Want more peace? Trust God more. In fact, anxiety and worry are often pretty good barometers of our walk with God.
This week, if you find yourself struggling, worried, anxious… do this. Give that worry to the Lord. Pray. Talk to Him. No need for fancy words. Just ask Him, “Father, help me!” Pour out your heart. Then wait on the Lord.
Put your hope in God.
Trust in Him.
Stay focused on the Lord, through prayer and His Word.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication t with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, v which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV)