To live with peace requires a different mind-set of attitudes and actions. Many Christians don’t realize that an atmosphere of peace is possible, now. The reality is…peace-a-plenty may well just be around the corner for you. Or, maybe you’ve already discovered God’s green pastures of peace and the following will simply help you keep on track.
As you read God’s Word, you discover many verses that describe the potential life of peace. You also see it demonstrated in the life of Jesus even as He walked through turmoil. For this posting, we will find nuggets of gold in Isaiah 26:3:
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
We see that the “keeping” action is performed by the Lord. The Hebrew word picture, “to keep,” is that of a honey comb being placed deep inside a thorn bush. This is something the shepherds would do to protect the honey from predators.
When this promise was given Israel was in a dark period of her history. It will help us in the church age, when surrounded by gloom, depression, doubt, fear and worry. When all is going well it is easy to read a promise like this in a very superficial way, but when clouds of trial, disappointment, anxiety and alarm blow across our skies and the sun is hidden, these words become very precious to us.
There is not a promise in the Bible that says we will be free from troubles, wars, trials, temptations, tears and sorrows in life. God promises something better. He promises peace in the midst of the storm. The peace He promises is “perfect” peace. This isn’t like the world gives. Superficially dependent on circumstances. Perfect peace is the quality of God given peace that abides in the soul.
Whose Mind Is Stayed On You
Stayed is a word that gives us the picture of a person leaning so hard against a wall that they are potentially off-balance. If the wall were taken away, the “stayer” would “face plant.” That’s how hard they are leaning into the wall for support.
Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”
Leaning on our own understanding is the thing that robs us of peace. We normally are not nearly as smart, wise, and logical as we think we are. Human reasonings have their place, but not the place we normally give them. The understanding that cushions us with His peace is that which comes from His mouth.
Whatever word you’d like to use, the key to peace is found in “mining” God’s Word. Meditating. Pondering. Deeply Considering. Imagining. That’s the heart and mind activity that brings God’s revelation/insight/clarity. It’s from that place that peace springs forth like a fountain watering the garden of our hearts.
Peace-A-Plenty is available. Not by begging for it, but by digging for it. Try some. It’s sweet.