Posted June 15, 2015
You keep him in perfect peacewhose mind is stayed on you,because he trusts in you.Trust in the LORD forever,for the LORD God is an everlasting rock.
Think about your life for a moment: When is it that you experience peace? When all is well? When the things you had hoped for have come to pass? What about in the midst of storms and calamities? Where do you run? What do you put your trust in? What provides stability to you in times of trouble? In these times of trouble is true peace even possible? In verse 3 of Isaiah 26, we find a promise of what is described as “perfect peace” to those who’ve put their trust in God, and then in verse 4, we are called into that same trust and told the reason why God is worthy of that trust.
You will experience difficulty in this life. When you do, you will naturally run to places or people or activities you think can either resolve that difficulty or help you through it. Where does your mind run? What do you think on and meditate on? Is it anchored in and grounded on God, or does your mind run to fearful places or places of distraction? Does it remove God completely from the equation? What do you bank on and put your trust in? Here we are told that God promises perfect peace to the one whose mind is stayed on God because he trusts in God. Often in difficulty, the mind runs away from God because the heart is not sure it can trust God. It is precisely in these times that we must discipline our minds to rehearse and remember truth about God and His promises.
Oswald Chambers said, “Your mind is the greatest gift God has given you and it ought to be devoted entirely to Him. You should seek to be ‘bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…’ (2 Corinthians 10:5). This will be one of the greatest assets of your faith when a time of trial comes, because then your faith and the Spirit of God will work together.”
Everything else we stay our minds on and put our trust in might offer temporary & imperfect peace, but God alone is the issuer of perfect peace because He alone is perfect and rules the universe! While other things and people promise such things, He’s the only one that can deliver on the promise of perfect peace.
Based on the promise of verse 3, verse 4 calls us to put our trust in God. It doesn’t call us to put our trust in Him for a season, but rather forever. This call is based on the truth that the Lord God is an everlasting rock. Our trust in God isn’t based on the strength of our faith in Him, but rather Who He is. He is an eternal Rock, and because He is that, He is trustworthy. We look for stable ground in this life, and when we seek stability from finite things, we are inevitably let down. We might find refuge for a season in something or someone else, but these other rocks are temporary and crumbling rocks. God alone is the everlasting and steady Rock.
In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus calls us to build our lives on Him and obedience to His words… The rain will fall, the floods will come, the winds will blow, but those who’ve built a house on Christ are like a house built on a rock that can withstand these trials. Those who’ve put trust their trust in anything else other than Christ are like houses built on sand that can’t hold up and are washed away. May we never forget that Jesus laid down His life for us that we might find a home in Him and be kept in perfect peace. This is not a promise of a carefree, trouble-less existence, but rather a life that knows and trusts in a God who holds and keeps us in every season. May you know perfect peace because your mind is stayed on God and your trust in rooted in the One who is our everlasting Rock.
Song by Ryan Walker & the Night Nights.
Produced & mixed by Dustin Ragland.
Artwork by Jonathan Lindsey.