Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.”
This peace is not the result of our self determination….trying to “be calm”,……but it is ministered to us by God.
Peace of mind is freedom from anxiety, worry, fear, and panic…
….God gives this to us, as we commit ourselves unto Him.
The word “mind” here is imagination….and how easily they can carry us away.
(A funny story: when my daughter was small (about 35 years ago)….a member of our congregation gave us a old rooster they had to get rid of.
We braised it with vegetables….very tasty. Evidently their family did not want to try and eat it.
Well, when my daughter heard we were having rooster, she asked what it tasted like.
“Like chicken”, I said, not thinking anything about it.
“Yea, well somebody said rattlesnake taste like chicken (where she heard that, I have no idea!)….are we eating snake?”
“No, no” I said, laughing, “a rooster is a boy chicken.”
“Oh….ok”……but she sure looked at it when it came on her plate.
We still laugh about….”Is this real chicken,chicken?”)
How often we “imagine” scenarios in our minds, with the knowledge we have….when what we need to do….is trust Jesus….
…..He knows everything…and is prepared for everything…..and will guide us, if we will let Him.
Trust is to hang on to.
When our hearts are looking to Christ, and our minds are trusting Him for our lives…..we have peace.
It garrisons us…..like a fortress; we are kept from the chaos of worry and from the desire to “do something”…..when we do not know what to do.
Colossians 3:15 “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”
For those that love God;….who are listening for His Voice,….when we are doing His Will….it brings peace to our lives, like nothing else.
There is a settled rest within us…..no matter what is around us.
Isaiah 48:18 “O that thou hast harkened to My commandments! Then had thy peace been as a river, and they righteousness as the waves of the sea:”
Our peace comes to us through Christ:
Romans 5:1 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”
“Thou wilt”. God will….amazing promise…
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Isaiah 26:3-4 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.
Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.”
“Stayed” has the meaning of longevity…..it is a decision to keep before our thoughts…..this one particular thought…..”I am God’s, and He is here with me”
And this is personal. “Thou wilt keep him….”
I love this verse in Psalms:
Psalm 20:7 “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.”
Chariots and war horses lined up in battle make a grand sight….and many have trusted in them, only to be broken and defeated by God.
(Pharaoh’s army at the Red Sea, the five kings Joshua 10:11, the siege of Samaria 2 Kings 7:4-7, Singing instead of fighting 2 Chronicles 20:17,21-22, and others,….because they believed in God.)
But the Name of my God, if remembered (that Name suggesting all of His character and attributes)…..will stay our hearts and minds in the battles we face….today.
He will give us peace.