This is a verse to teach your children: “The steadfast of mind Thou wilt keep in perfect peace. Because He trusts in Thee” (Isaiah 26:3, NASB). The King James Versison is also very instuctive: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
How do you come to a point of peace in your life? We all know the need to be at peace with ourselves, sort of “being comfortable in our own skin” as we say. However, the word for “peace” means so much more than simply being comfortable with ourselves. It is a rich word which means “wholeness” or “completeness.” In other words, the person who experiences shalom (peace) experiences the joy of rich, harmonious relationships. The word describes a peace which is indescribable and indestructible. Actually, the Hebrew simply says God will keep the steadfast of mind in “peace, peace”–the language impresses the point that this is a special kind of peace that comes only from God.
First, keep your mind on God. The mind here describes the whole inner attitude and habit of a person. It certainly means to think on God and the things of God, but it means more than that. It means to thrust your whole self toward God. It means to worship and desire Him with your whole being. The word for keep means to watch or guard, as one standing sentry.
What a beautiful picture! When we keep our mind on God, God keeps us in rich, harmonious relationships. The key is keeping our mind on Him.
Second, trust in God. Trust means to rely on God or to put your weight down on Him. Trust or faith is confidence in God and commitment to God.
Therefore, the prophet points us to a God who wants the best for us. He wants to give us His peace.
He simply asks that we rely on Him for the needs of life and place Him at the center of our lives.
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