“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because He trust in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.” – Is 26:3-4
So the last probably about 4 weeks of school or so was definately a stressful time for me. So many “end of the semester” stuff to get finished and then finals coming up. But through it all, it was a journey with Jesus. Not one I thoroughly enjoyed but one that tought me alot about trusting Him and walking in perfect peace. It was definately not a time that I allowed myself to just walk drenched in stress and just overwhelmed. To just bear it, grit my teeth, and just get through it. Though I did have to bear the difficult time, grit my teeth, and just get through it, it was a journey that I decided to take with Jesus. Every day, no joke, everyday was a fight for my peace. Yes, there were some days I just didn’t want to fight for my peace, just forget it, and just cried. But then, after I had my moment (which sometimes were hours on end), I got right back up, set my eyes on Jesus, and fought for my peace.
Then I had moments where I would finally grab hold of my peace. Yes, victory…breakthrough. Just to have either hours later or maybe even the next day, something else come up that would wreck my peace. Here we go again. Then sometime later (no we are not talking about seconds…or minutes later) I would get it back, then to have something mess with me again. It was ongoing. It was draining. There were times I took comfort I guess you could say in knowing that I was journying with Jesus which made it worth it. And then there were times that I was just sick of it and just wanted to get through it- get to the moment where “it all comes to pass”. I was tired of constantly feeling stress and overwhelmed and just the continous fight of fighting for my peace- nonstop. But I knew I had to keep going. I had come to far already to stop. Gotta keep putting one foot in front of the other.
One of the verses I held onto was the verses I began with. Is 26:3-4. I love the way it reads in the AMP.
“You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You. So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].”
This was were I began to discover more about this verse and even more about trust. “You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You….”
Whose mind is stayed on the Lord. It’s this contineous acknowledgement of Jesus, remember who He is. Dwelling upon who He is. I looked up inclination in the dictionary and part of the definition is “A tendency toward a certain condition or character; A characteristic disposition to do, prefer, or favor one thing rather than another; a propensity“. In other words, its to prefer to think upon Jesus. In stressful and worrisome times as well as overwhelming times, it’s easy to constantly think about and dwell upon what is going on around you all the time. Your mind has a tendency to be preoccupied with those things. It’s not necessarily natural or easy to keep your mind (or even your eyes) focused on the Lord. But that is when you are feeding the stress and the worry. So, this inclination of the mind is this conscious act of direction your thoughts to be on and about the Lord. To remind yourself (as I did). He is faithful. I can trust Him. It will all be ok. He is faithful. His grace is sufficient.
This verse breaks up trust into 3 things: “…because he (1) commits himself to You, (2) leans on You, and (3) hopes confidently in You.”
(1) Trusting Jesus is to commit yourself to Him. Psalms 37:5 says “Commit your way to the LORD, trust in Him, and He will act“. What a promise! In Matthew 6 Jesus says to Seek first His kingdom and all these things will be added to You. (2) Trusting Jesus is to lean on Him. One of the things I was saying through that time was that I was having to lean more into Jesus. Lean on Him. Grab hold of Him. Hold fast to Him. Cleave to Him. And don’t let go. (3) Trusting Jesus is to confidently hope in Him. Your hope is in Him. You can be confident in Him. You can be confident in His character and who He is. He is faithful. “He who promised is faithful” (Heb 10:23). Stand confident. No matter what happens- good or bad- it will be ok. It may no be easy, but it will be ok because I have Jesus. Because my hope is in Him. He works for my good. He is faithful. He is the “everlasting Rock”.
In trust Him, in fully trusting in Him, you can walk through a situation with peace. Perfect peace. You don’t have to be stressed. You don’t have to worry. You don’t have to feel overwhelmed. Trust Him- put your mind steadfastly on Him (declare Truth, remind yourself and declare over and over who He is- His character, hold onto scripture), lean on Him, confidently hope in Him (He is sovereign, He is in control, no matter what happens it will be ok).
Trusting in Him is not just about trusting Him when it’s easy or when everything’s good. Trust is about the Uknown. It’s about when those “unknown” circumstances come up. When you don’t know what will happen, or how will you get it all done, how will you do on the test, ect. It’s to take all of what you know about Him and cling and then walk through it with Jesus- walking in peace, perfect peace, because you trust in Him. It’s a fight, but don’t give up. Fight for your peace.
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in on body.” – Col 3:15
You are called to peace. Jesus Himself is Peace. Where there seems to be no way, Grace will make a way. His grace- It is sufficient for you.