“Thou dost keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusts in thee.” – Isaiah 26:3
The prophet here gives us a clear indication as to how peace can be found and sustained: by keeping our mind stayed on God. The mind is a fretful, impulsive thing, and will quickly wander to many things, like a child straying from the family to investigate something by itself. We may be doing a good thing, well-intent on doing it for a good purpose, but subtly slip into pride and ego, and in so doing, our minds are not stayed on God. This perfect peace of which Isaiah sings is the natural result of being in right relationship with God.
How do we focus our mind on God? We focus our mind on God through meditation on His word. If we daily spend time focusing our life before God by meditating on His Word, God will keep us in His peace.
The promises God keeps with us are intended to create confidence in His Word and faithfulness to Him. Those who abide in His Word and cultivate faithfulness, find peace, a deep, restful constant assurance that God cannot forsake His Word nor His promises. For those whose mind is fixed upon the promises of God, the outcome of all events is peace. These faithful few will know the peace that God alone is able to give.
Once you make peace with God you can receive the peace of God. You can develop a deep abiding relationship with God. Then daily choose to place your mind on God and make the purpose of your life a walk with God. Through this growing personal relationship you develop a deeper and fuller trust which gives peace, and eventually yields a perfect peace in whatever life brings your way.
Let us be encouraged to trust in the Lord forever no matter what may come. We have been in many trials, but never in one where God has failed us. We can rest assured that His everlasting strength will be there as our help and fortress as it has ever been.
Will you trust in God and His promises? You will only if you come to God and make your peace with Him here and now. For those who do, God offers a relationship that develops your faith in Him, which leads to experiencing more and more of the peace of God in the here and now of your daily life.
God is aware of your circumstances, but He calls you to live above not beneath your circumstances. He calls you to steadfast confidence in Him and in His Word.