Don’t Worry… Be Happy
Fixing Our Thoughts – Part IV
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 26:1-21
Key Verse: Isaiah 26:3 NLT
You will keep in perfect peace
all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
The first six words of today’s Key Verse are powerful for us who live in this day and age: “You will keep in perfect peace…”.
The question on most of our minds is: what is perfect peace?
If there is a perfect peace, then there must be a less than perfect peace. Jesus seemed to focus on this less than perfect peace when He said:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
As I have said in earlier devotionals, the peace that the world gives can be a good peace, but it is not a perfect peace. The world’s peace only exists when life is good, and when a person feels calm and free of problems. That is a good feeling, but life does not stay in this calm, problem-free state for long. As soon as problems come, worldly peace leaves.
So, part of the answer to what is perfect peace is a peace that exists even when problems invade our lives. When problems do come upon us, as Christ-followers we must at once remind ourselves of the truths that Jesus came to give us.
The first truth is that problems are a normal part of this life… God is not punishing us when we have problems.
The second truth is that God wants to step into our problems. Be sure to invite Him to help you.
The third truth is that God promises to turn all problems into blessings: all things work together for your good and His glory (Romans 8:28).
Instead of bemoaning your problems, start praising God that He has perfect solutions before problems come into our lives.
As believers, if we cannot discipline our minds to focus on God’s truths when problems present themselves, we have no hope of experiencing God’s perfect peace. Notice Jesus’s command John 14:17c:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
God’s perfect peace comes to those who “do not let” their problems trouble their hearts. In other words, God is giving us a job to do when we face problems: take captive every negative thought and replace them with God’s truth (2 Corinthians 10:5; Colossians 2:8).
This is not easy to do because our flesh and the evil one constantly puts the worst-case scenarios of our problems in our minds. As God’s children we have the power to push back those thoughts and keep God’s truths in front of us. As we do so, we will experience God’s perfect peace!
Never forget that with every problem comes a choice. We can allow the problem to consume our minds and rob us of joy and peace. Or we can refuse to let our minds to be troubled or afraid by focusing on God’s truth for His children.
Father, thank You for making Your perfect peace available to me. Please remind me to claim it when problems come my way. I ask this in Jesus’s Name, amen.”