“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”
When I think of “peace,” I think of the quietness of early mornings with a cup of coffee, silence in the air, no telephone pings, no sounds of traffic, and no sounds from games on electronic devices. Even more so the peaceful tranquility within that comes with beginning a new day in some devotional time with the Lord. There are many mornings that this peaceful solitude is easy to enter into, yet other times it calls for a heart of desperation for His peace, as the trials and circumstances of this life can often linger from one day to the next. This calls for one to move past his/her immediate feelings, thoughts, and perspectives, purposefully setting one’s mind steadfastly on the Lord. Setting one’s mind to remain steadfast is to be firmly fixed in place or immovable on an object or person. Steadfastness requires the elements of faith and trust in the Lord – “trusting in Him, not on our own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
The promise given here by the prophet Isaiah is of the Lord’s provision of peace, “You (Lord) will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” This promise of God’s perfect peace is not dependent on one’s circumstances, but on the ONE who provides the Perfect Peace within the midst of the storms of life. Just as Jesus calmed the storms before the eyes of His disciples, commanding the wind and the waves (“Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.” Mark 4:39), so He can quiet the hearts of you and I in our circumstances. Secondly, it is dependent on the connection between the ONE who provides this Perfect Peace and those who desperately reach out and call upon Him, placing their trust in Him to provide it. Speaking again before His disciples, Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (John 14:27) We too have access to this peace through the Lord’s promises for us and His spirit within us, understanding that His is a peace that surpasses all understanding. (Philippians 4:7)
Today, if you sense in your spirit anxiousness and a struggle to find rest, pray asking the Lord to be your ultimate source of peace, not dependent on your immediate circumstances. Be desperate for His peace setting your gaze upon Him, purposefully setting your mind to be steadfast and immovable on the truth and promises of His word, trusting that He is faithful. He will give you His peace!
Father, You are always good, righteous, and faithful to Your children – desiring to be intimately involved in every area of our lives as we surrender to You. You are the author and deliverer of true peace to all who call upon You in sincerity of heart – desperate for Your presence and Your peace. Today, may You strengthen us to set our minds steadfast on You, knowing that as we trust in You, we will be kept in Perfect Peace. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.