You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD is the Rock eternal. (Isaiah 26:3-4, NIV)
The Lord promises to keep us in perfect peace when our mind is stayed on Him; firm and unwavering. Perfect peace signifies a state of completeness, fulfillment, wholeness, and well-being. We are to trust in Him always which requires us to have a firm belief in the reliability of Him who created us.
I have to admit, I struggle to apply this scripture to circumstances in my life at times. It is difficult for me to keep my mind on Him when so much is going on in this world of unrest. I find my mind staying on all kinds of things: the pandemic, the number of deaths that is rising day by day, the unfair treatment of people of color, how teaching and learning will look for my first graders when we start school with face to face instruction, my finances and so much more. How can I keep my mind on the Lord? Is this even possible? I think so and this is what I do that helps me.
One thing I find myself doing is turning off the tv. While it is important to keep up with current events, it is of great importance that we limit how much tv we watch. Turning off the tv and being still helps me to connect back to Him. I find myself going outside and sitting on my patio, looking up at the beautiful sky, listening to the sounds of the birds, going to sit on the bench across the street from my house in front of the fountain and watching the water, and feeling the sun shine on my beautiful face. This points me back to Him who is shalom; peace. I find peace in the things that He has created.
After I connect back to Him, I am reminded of His goodness and how much he loves me. I begin to focus on our relationship instead of what is going on around me. In order to truly have peace, we must continue to pour into our relationship with our Lord. I spent time with him today on my patio. What will you do today to strengthen your relationship with Him? Finding peace is possible even during times like these. The peace of the Holy Spirit is able to transcend all distractions and chaos. Let’s allow God to give us His peace!
P Praise Him in advance
E Enter into HIS presence daily
A Adore HIM for who HE is
C Come to HIM with Thanksgiving
E Exercise your faith
Are you searching for peace today? Keep your mind on the only one that can give you real peace. Put your trust in Him.