The Peace Puzzle

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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 

Insight

When it comes to active minds I probably rank up in the record books. Some days I feel as though I just have fumes in my brain from the number of thoughts which burned through it. My thoughts just relentlessly flood my mind and the flooding causes me to not be present in the moment. When it comes to relief, the only true relief is peace. Everyone wants peace. I certainly do.

I can recall reading these verses during my sophomore year of college. A time where all chaos was breaking loose in my life. I just gave up a scholarship valued at about three years worth of tuition, I was changing my major, I was low on cash and food, it seemed as though every and anything was out of order. 

Then I read these verses and I had a moment where the verses clicked. Sometimes it seems as though the verses we read only click when we need them to the most. When these verses clicked, they became my go-to for moments in my life where peace seemed absent. The reality is it can be pretty easy to “lose” peace in this life. We have all been through those moments where peace seemed impossible to find again. But within these verses we can see why it seems so easy to lose it.

The verse has two important truths: 

1)    Perfect peace comes when our minds stay on God.

2)    Perfect peace comes as a result of trusting God.

These two truths make sense though, right? What we focus on becomes our reality. When our focus is on God, peace is found. Consistently throughout my life when I keep my mind focused on the problems then peace feels as though it is miles away. On the other hand, even in the midst of absolute chaos, when I keep my mind on God it seems as though peace finds its way to me.

The same reality exists when it comes to trusting God. Without something greater to trust in, peace seems absent among the chaos. Suddenly, we are able to push through the threshold of doubt and begin to trust God, and everything seems to change. Even with the outcome still unknown, trusting in God gives us hope God will work it all to His good and His glory (Romans 8:28).

We are living in a world which seems to push peace away at every turn. We wake up in the morning to see tragedy, we go to the doctor and receive bad news, we get on the commute to work and horns are honking and people are cutting each other off; it just seems like an onslaught of anti-peaceful attacks. Yet, as we keep our mind on God and we trust Him, we can find peace. We find it because we realize, peace is not the absence of chaos but its the presence of someone greater to give us hope. For me, peace disappears when I lose sight of God. 

God is able to bring a peace which surpasses all understanding, and a peace which will guard your hearts and minds IN Jesus (Philippians 4:7). Our most important step when peace seems absent is not to figure out how to run away, or how to solve the problem. The most important step is to get our minds fixed on Jesus. Our internal chaos shrinks a bit when we are focused on the One who can calm the world around us. 

Reflection

  • What keeps you from focusing on God when life goes crazy? What are the first thoughts/feelings that flood your mind when everything seems to be going wrong?

  • How can you keep your mind fixed on God in order to prepare for the moments where peace seems absent? 

Prayer

Father, thank you for being so consistent and so stable. We live in a world that is all over the place, yet You remain constant and true. I pray I continue to grow in my walk with You, knowing that intimacy helps in keeping my mind and heart focused on You. I pray I continue to find peace by finding You. I praise You for making it possible to always find peace, even in the thickest chaos. I love You, Father, and pray in Your holy name, amen.

PC3 writer Davy Nance wrote today’s devotional.


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