I realized today that it’s been a week since I’ve posted anything on my blog. Life has been busy that’s for sure. I had the privilege of teaching our adult Sunday School class today. I am always humbled when God chooses to use me. Here are a few thoughts from today’s lesson.
Isaiah 26:3 (NIV) You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast because he trusts in you.
(KJV) Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
The word keep in this verse is from the Hebrew “natsar” which means to guard, preserve, guard from danger; blockade. Wow! Think about it. God will guard you in peace. The peace is God’s part. So, what is our part? Our part is two-fold. 1. Have our minds stayed on God and 2. Trust the Lord.
The word “mind” comes from the Hebrew word yetser, which is a noun meaning form, framing, purpose, framework (intellectual framework). I used to think of this part of the verse about our minds as being our thoughts and yes, that is part of it, but it’s so much more. Our entire framework or purpose needs to be stayed on God. Our foundation is in Christ, but our frame must also be centered on Him.
Our actions should flow out of our purpose. It’s easy for our purpose to get skewed and do things for wrong purposes. If we desire peace, our purpose needs to rest in Christ.
The second part of our part is to trust in God. There are many things that scripture tells us to not trust in: money (Job 31:24-28), military prowess (Psalm 20:7), our own strength (Psalm 44:6) or in other men (Psalm 146:3). When our trust lies in something other than God, then we can lose our peace.
Are you lacking peace in your life today? If so, do a systems check. What does your purpose rest on, and where is your trust?