Journal Entry ~ 03/31/19
3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
4 Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock. - Isaiah 26:3-4
He promises to keep us in this perfect peace - the peace the completed us and makes us whole, the peace that runs deep in our soul, the peace that surpasses our understanding. He doesn’t just promises to bring us peace, He promises to *keep* us in perfect peace.
Many of us can find peace for the moment, but it is often fleeting. We think we’re in a good place, but then someone difficult throws out some hurtful words, something doesn’t go according to plan, or we get that tragic phone call. When our peace comes from the world, it can be temporary and fleeting. It can feel satisfying in the moment, but when our peace comes from a worldly perspective, it will not last.
The peace that comes from above has staying power - He promises to keep us there. Who are the people He keeps in perfect peace? Those whose minds are stayed on Him. When we keep our minds on Him, when we settle our thoughts on Him, when we focus our meditations on Him, we are kept in perfect peace. When we allow the world, our struggles, or our emotions to draw our attention off of Him, our perfect peace is interrupted. To have this perfect peace He promises, our minds cannot be set on Him occasionally, or just once or twice a week, it needs to be stayed on Him. If our minds are stayed on ourselves, on our problems, or the people in our lives, we are not going to find ourselves kept in His perfect peace.
This takes work and intentional effort. The enemy works hard to distract our thoughts from God, but we can choose to discipline our minds to stay on Him. Get into the Word every day, surround yourself with people of God, post scriptures in your car or on your desk, listen to worship music, memorize scripture, get yourself in a small group - whatever you need to do to keep your mind on Him, do it. Make the choice to keep your mind focused on Him because He promises if we keep our minds stayed on Him, He will keep us in perfect peace.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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