“The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You." Isaiah 26:3
BY KATRINA COSTALES
Last week I experienced a lack of peace. I left home in a hurry after boiling water for tea. I was miles from home when the thought went through my mind ... did I turn off the tea kettle? It's amazing how quickly I imagined all of the possible situations and scenarios that could be the result of leaving a boiling tea kettle on top of a gas stove. I was experiencing a lack of peace due to my out of control thoughts.
This verse emphasizes the importance of our thinking. The battle is for our minds. Our behavior and emotions flow from our thinking. Peace is experienced when our mind is stayed, trusting and relying upon God. The fact that we are at peace with and reconciled to God and the truths of the gospel steadies our minds. Our thinking needs to be correct and steadfast regarding what we think about ourselves, God, and our circumstances. Often what we think about these things is untrue, and yet we repeat those untrue thoughts to ourselves.
We can develop a steadfast mind by meditating on scripture. Biblical meditation is a bridge between knowing what is right and doing what is right. It involves thinking about, memorizing, and reminding ourselves of Biblical truths, and then applying them to life by asking questions like "How does this apply to me?" or "What am I to do because of this truth?"
There is no peace for imaginary events. We must fill our minds with biblical truth, not the "what ifs" of imagination. Thoughts about the future must be infused with hope based on the character and nature of God. He is good, kind, and holy. He has undeservedly rescued us from hell and given us every spiritual blessing in Christ, but we accuse Him of wrongdoing and mistreating us with His daily care and ordering of our lives.
Is it possible that we don't have peace because our mind isn't steadfast on God? We're not thinking rightly about ourselves, God, and our circumstances. Is our trust and confidence in something other than God and His word?