Perfect Peace

I was writing in my journal this morning and realised that I felt very anxious about the day and week ahead. It’s Monday morning, and I have many things to plan and think about it. Everything came at me like an avalanche: organising my day/week, my fears and anxieties about upcoming events and activities, the workload for the day, discouragement about sin and concerns about family and friends who are in difficult circumstances.
I was reading the Word , but had to keep going back to the beginning of the text because I realised mid-way that I had no idea what I was reading.

I was telling the Lord that I felt nervous and anxious. I was asking him to steady my heart and help me to focus on him. I recognised that I didn’t have peace. Then a verse came to mind, and I quickly looked it up because I couldn’t remember it in its entirety. It was this:

Isaiah 26:3  You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You,
                       because he trusts in You.

I started to look at the verse a bit more and meditate on it:

You keep:      
not “I keep” but You, my God and Father.
My God and Father who created the world by the word of his power.
My God who created the host of heaven and calls each star by name.
My Father who promises to keep me (1 Corinthians 1:8).

Perfect peace:
The peace he gives is perfect, there is no defect, nothing missing or lacking.

The mind matters.
What you:  
think about                 
mull over, reflect on
meditate on, brood on, ruminate on
ponder, consider, turn over in your mind
It made me ask myself:
Am I anchoring my mind on Christ today?
Am I taking every thought captive to Christ?
What can I do to ensure that I keep my eyes fixed on Christ today?

I can:
Keep the Word close to me. Any special verses that encourage me.
Listen to uplifting worship music.
Listen to sermons when I have free time. I love these.

Trusts in You:
What does trusting in the Lord look like right now?
It means going to Him with all of my cares and concerns.
It’s trusting in His promises:

He will never leave me or forsake me (Deuteronomy 31:8)
I can cast my burden on the Lord, and he will sustain me (Psalm 55:22)
He will hold me with his righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10)
He will not leave me as an orphan (John 14:18)
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all – how will he not also along with him, graciously give me all things? (Romans 8:32)

Are you encouraged yet?

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