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Meditation on Isaiah 26:3-4

3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.4 Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal.
Isaiah 26:3-4 NIV

Life for me seems many times very chaotic. Unforeseen events invade my life and they cause me to respond to them with fear, anxiety, worry, and frustration. Crisis does not come at convenient times or only after one crisis has been solved. Instead, unwanted change, death, financial loss, and failure can all come in like a flood at the same time. This is life “East of Eden.”
So the idea of God keeping people in perfect peace seems one of those religious platitudes that are put on encouragement cards you buy to send to a friend on a bad day. Can this have any reality in it that can help me through difficult days?
The idea of perfect peace needs to be thought about. This is a mature peace, an adult peace, and not some unattainable state of nirvana. It is a peace that can grow, mature, and be lost. Peace can be felt at many different levels and in different ways.
But what is peace? It is a contentment with what God has given and called me to do. It is an acceptance of people and circumstances as they are, instead of how I would want them to be. It is waiting on the Lord to act for good in bad circumstances.
Peace is to be in a right frame of mind towards God, others, myself, culture, and my physical environment. To experience some measure of peace is to substantially free of worry, anxiety, fear, and frustration so that they don’t dominate my life.
So how can I move from my state of worry, anxiety, fear, and frustration?
By consistently focusing my mind on who God is, what God has done, and what God has promised in Christ Jesus. Trust comes by hearing about the character, care, concern, and cross of my Lord Jesus. The more I steadfastly focus on my Savior Jesus, as my LORD of lords; the more God will guard me with HIS PEACE.
The LORD Jesus is good, great, full of grace, always with me in times of grief and feeling my grief, and promising me that all my grief will be used for good.
Remembering this at the worst of times can let me release my worry, anxiety, fear, and frustration to HIM, while focusing on all the good HE has put into my life.
The Lord Jesus is a steady and stable rock upon which to stand and not sink. The LORD is my stability in unstable times when chaos rules. Releasing my anxiety to HIM trusting HE is fully committed to me and will use all my pain for gain can help me find peace in the middle of the storm.
Prayer
LORD Jesus, YOU are my ROCK, refuge, and redeemer. Focus my mind on YOU today and not on my problems and pain. Take the burdens of my life and carry them for me and heal the wounds of my soul. Bring to me an inner state of confidence and trust in YOU and YOUR love for me. Amen

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