“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Isaiah 2:26
God often speaks at the most unexpected times. One day I was casually talking with a friend about a situation at my job. In the middle of the conversation I said, “This is driving me crazy.” My friend simply looked at me and said, “Only if you let it.”
In five words, my friend had summed up one of the major issues I have been struggling with for years: how do I keep from giving away the peace I have in Christ?
I confess that I am a perfectionist. If something doesn’t go the way I want it to go, I get anxious and upset. I feel out of control.
I have to remember that the peace of God is with me because the Spirit of God is with me. I must keep my mind on the person and promises of God instead of letting circumstances lead me into thoughts of anxiousness. To me, this means remembering some important truths:
- I am a child of God (Romans 8:14).
- God is for me, not against me (Romans 8:31).
- I have the favor of God (Proverbs 8:35).
- God’s love for me surpasses my understanding of it (Ephesians 3:19).
It takes practice to keep my mind on Jesus and not on the turmoil around me. But when I can do it, I have His perfect peace in the middle of the storm
Lord, help me cooperate with You to keep my peace. Help me focus my mind on You. Amen.
Use the verses above, or find some that relate specifically to your circumstances. Find a short saying like, “God is for me,” or “I have the favor of God on my life.” Repeat this when you feel yourself beginning to get anxious and lose your peace.