“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You.” (Isaiah 26:3)
This was a key verse for me last year when trust was my one word for the year. It comes back to me now because I think it’s important to hear these words at this time. We all want peace, but did you know that perfect peace is on offer? It comes from God, and it’s for those who minds are steadfast. Don’t settle for anything less.
That word steadfast means to be immovable, not subject to change, firmly fixed in one place. We can’t be changing our mind every day and expect to know peace. Nor can we anchor ourselves in God one day and not the next – His rock beneath our feet is of no use if we choose to step off it.
This call to steadfastness shows us that we need to be resolute in our faith. Trust is not something that should come and go, it should be immovably anchored in the One who is trustworthy. We need to build a habit of trust, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus and staying close to Him and His word every day. The alternative is to be buffeted around by each new idea and every latest stress-point. Or, as Paul puts it in Ephesians, ‘blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.’ (Ephesians 4:14).
There are a lot of unhelpful ideas out there, a constant news cycle that induces anxiety and even the good ideas won’t give us the peace we need. No, we need to be discerning and make sure we listen to God far more than anything else.
Notice how this verse talks about our minds being steadfast? Let’s remember that Christianity is an exercise of the mind just as much as the heart. It’s in our minds that we must be firm, not budging from the truth and holding on to God’s promises. Steadfast trust in the mind will unlock God’s perfect peace to reach and benefit every part of us, body, mind and soul.
As we all look forward to a loosening of lockdown, to seeing loved ones again and to rebuilding our way of life, let’s keep trusting God. Don’t weaken, don’t lose sight of where our peace comes from. It’s easy to stumble near the end, or to lose heart, but we mustn’t. Let this verse, and the promise of God’s perfect peace, encourage you to be steadfast.
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