Where does your mind go when it wanders?
It seems as though my mind has the capability to go a thousand and one different places all at the same time. Life can get stressful when that happens; you start thinking that you need to get it all done, right now, or the world will surely come to a standstill. Well, at least your corner of it.
But do not despair! God’s got this. Did you know that He can set your mind completely at peace, even when thoughts are swirling about your head non-stop and your life seems too crazy to slow down?
“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)
A few keywords jump out at me from this passage.
Keep. Notice that this passage is in the present tense. This is an ongoing thing. Peace can be obtained and then kept! But the important thing is that God is doing the keeping. “The Lord is your Keeper; the Lord is your shade upon your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.” (Psalm 121:5) Once we have obeyed His Word to establish a lifelong– and beyond!– relationship with Him (Romans 6), we are kept in Him by continuing in faithfulness (1 John 1:7-9). Think about it — you are in safekeeping with the mighty Creator of the universe. What a comforting thought!
Perfect peace. The peace found in God is real. It’s not merely encompassed in the fleeting feeling one might get while gazing at a breathtaking sunset, or while standing by a beautiful seashore. God’s peace stays with you in the good times of life, and in the hard times. It is not dependent upon your circumstances! It is this perfect peace that allowed Paul to say, “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” (Philippians 4:11) He knew the peace of God that could guard his heart and mind in Christ, and that we can obtain only by obeying and serving the Lord (Acts 2:37-47).
Stayed. We’ve all known the feeling of not being able to get something out of our head, whether it be a song we heard on the radio, another person, or anxiety over a test. But God wants to be that Someone who doesn’t leave your mind, whom you think about constantly, whom you continually strive to please (2 Corinthians 5:9). If we are striving to love and to serve Him wholeheartedly, having Him on our mind will become second-nature. God is our shield from the world. If God is stayed on our mind, we will be less likely to give in to Satan’s temptations that are thrown at us everyday. “May my meditation be pleasing to Him, for I rejoice in the Lord.” (Psalm 104:34)
Trust. What a powerful word. Once we have established the Lord as our Keeper, our Prince of Peace, and the One who is stayed on our mind, it will lead us to trusting Him in an even deeper way. According to Isaiah 26:3, we are in perfect peace because our mind is stayed on God, which is a result of trusting in Him. It all intertwines together. Trust is a deciding factor in any relationship, but it is at the core of our relationship with Christ. Matthew Henry has said, “Whatever we trust to the world for, it will last only for a moment; but those who trust in God shall not only find in Him, but shall receive from Him, strength that will carry them to that blessedness which is for ever.” Is your heart steadfast in trust (Psalm 112:7)?
Rock. “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalm 18:2) This is why we put our trust and peace in Him. God is everlasting to everlasting. He is unmovable. He never changes, and is always there to hold our hand when we fall. Sometimes we may wonder “where God is” during the hard times, but in reality, we are the ones who are apt to slip away from His protecting arms when He would have lifted us up. “When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I. For You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy.” (Psalm 62:2-3)
I hope that these thoughts have encouraged you in your walk with the Lord. May we reflect everyday on our Savior and what He has done for us. He truly is our Peace!