You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock. (Isaiah 26:3-4 ESV)
He alone is trustworthy.
He will keep you in perfect peace when your mind is fixed on Him. I have tasted this sweetness this week. My life circumstances have many areas of deep concern. My old self wants to rear its messed up head and run ahead of the Lord. I followed it for a few minutes. Had a good old fashioned “what if, worry fest” that dropped me into a pit of despair. But my maturity has increased enough to know that the pit isn’t where God wants me to dwell.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (Psalm 23:6 ESV)
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5 ESV)
My life, our lives, were created for God’s glory. To bring glory to His great name is our primary purpose. Wallowing in our circumstances steals away our joy and His glory. We are to rejoice always, to praise His name in the midst of our storms, because He alone is worthy.
Job had the choice to, as his grieving wife suggested, curse God and die, but he chose differently. In his affliction and pain, he did not sin by blaming God. He accepted his circumstances as having come through the hands of God.
But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips. (Job 2:10 ESV)
In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him. (Ecclesiastes 7:14 ESV)
I didn’t understand the meaning of the last phrase so I looked it up and found the following:
the end that man should find nothing after him;
should not be able to know what will be hereafter; what his case and circumstances will be, whether prosperous or adverse; since things are so uncertain, and so subject to change, and nothing permanent; and therefore can find nothing to trust in and depend upon, nothing that he can be sure of: and things are so wisely managed and disposed, that a man can find no fault with them, nor just reason to complain of them; so the Vulgate Latin version, “not find just complaints against him”; and to the same purpose the Syriac version, “that he may complain of him”; the Targum is, “not find any evil in this world.”
Funny how so readily we accept, dare I say expect, God to pour out blessings on us to the point that we take them all for granted. We have to go so far as to be intentional to count the many blessings He gives us each day. But as soon as pain comes our way, as soon as suffering darkens our doorstep, let the fretting, worrying, and complaining begin. Oh, so guilty as charged!
Lord, thank You for the promise that You will keep us in perfect peace when we fix our minds on You because we trust You in EVERY circumstance. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit within us to teach us and to remind us of who You are and what You have promised. Lord, pour out your Spirit on my friends and family who need You and seek You. Keep them in Your perfect peace today. Help us all to rejoice and praise Your great name whether our circumstances are easy or difficult because You alone are worthy. Amen.
Keep your mind fixed on Him. Trust Him. Follow Him.
Be encouraged. Press on.