From Pastor’s Desk: 10-6-13
Isaiah 26:3 (NIV) You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
From within this verse comes a challenge. I’ve tried it and it works. Next time you find yourself agitated, frustrated, flustrated, or perplexed to the point of despair, discipline your mind to begin thinking on things eternal. If needed, remind yourself of the words of Paul, “…whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.(Philippians 4:8).
A steadfast mind, trust in God, and perfect peace are not inherent commodities of this world. We, amidst the clamoring turmoil and chaos in which we live, must purpose in our mind and heart that we won’t be caught up in the berserk mind-set of society, and the maneuvering of the devil’s schemes against us.
Granted, we are in the world and must attend to mundane affairs just like anyone else. But, Jesus declares that we “not of the world” (John 15:19). As a youth pastor in my earlier days, when a young person would tell me, “But I’m only human” I would answer with, “Yes, but you don’t have to act like it.”
Somehow, we must grasp the fact, as a Biblical principle, that there is peace that can only be obtained, maintained, and sustained by a mind that is stayed (steadfast) on God! Jesus said, “”I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27 NLT).