You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast,
because he trusts in you.
Life can be, at times, very overwhelming. This doesn’t necessarily have to be because of bad things; sometimes the things that are overwhelming us are actually all positive. The fact is that whether we are feeling swamped because of good situations in our lives or bad ones, the most important thing for us to remember is that we cannot do any of it on our own.
Trusting in God for strength to live our lives should be a priority for us as Christians. If we constantly try to battle things through on our own, we’re never going to have the success that we hope for. This is because we were not designed to operate on our own. Everything that we are as human beings was designed by God and it’s only when we allow Him to direct us that we are able to function at our highest potential.
Turning to God when you are overwhelmed with negativity is good, but that shouldn’t be the only time you run to Him for help. When you are happy, when everything is going well, when your life is full of fun times, don’t forget to turn to God and ask for His wisdom in juggling all those things.
The verse we are looking at today, Isaiah 26:3, talks about a person who is steadfast. To be steadfast means to have an intentional focus on something and to be faithful and consistent with that focus. As followers of Jesus we have got to learn to always keep our focus on Him. If we allow distractions (good or bad) to tear us away from that, then we will lose the peace that God has promised.
One last note – this verse refers to having a steadfast ‘mind’, but to the Israelites who read this verse first, the body, mind and spirit weren’t thought of as separate things, but one single unit. The writer of the book of Isaiah meant by this verse that our whole self – thoughts, emotions, actions – should be steadfastly focused on God, so that He can work in us with His perfect peace.
Take a moment today to pray that God would help you to keep your mind, heart and actions steadfastly focused on Him and doing His will, so that you can experience His peace in your life.