Isaiah 26:3 – You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.
The key to keeping our peace is to keep our mind on God’s Word.
Whenever someone reminds us of an earlier incident that hurts us, are we able to sleep well that night? No, because the impact of the traumatic event will not let us sleep. The emotional toll can result in a wide range of intense, confusing, and sometimes frightening emotions.
During the days of my spiritual pride, I was making life intolerable for my wife until one day she left our home in Mumbai with our two children. I was devastated and couldn’t bear to live without them in Mumbai. During the day I would preach the Word of God but the nights were a nightmare. All the old memories would flood my mind and I would be tossing around in bed having sleepless nights. During those nights the devil kept telling me “it’s all over”.
Bro. Alred came and stayed with me for 42 days exactly and he would not let me out of his sight. He knew that if he left me alone, I might take some drastic step because I was not in control of my emotions. Despite my bad behaviour I still loved my wife and kids tremendously. He advised me to leave my home and start doing God’s work. This advice worked wonders for me as the depression just withered away. Later on everything started to change.
I took up to the Word and I was in commune with the Lord. Since Mumbai would bring back the old memories, I used to make trips to other cities of India. And, I began to work day and night because if I were to return back home and see my house empty it would bring back a lot of painful memories.
There used to be so many people around me but nobody knew that my wife had left me. I kept myself tuned to God’s Word. Then one fine day the situation in my life changed and my wife and children were restored back to me. That is why Isaiah 26:4 says “Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord, is everlasting strength”.
It is not easy to keep our minds focussed on God’s Word. So how do we achieve that?
In our fast-paced world, it is easy to get caught up in the daily grind and lose sight of our true purpose in life. A surrendered life is all about trust. It is trusting that God has our best interests at heart. It is trusting that His Word can be believed and taken at face value. It is trusting that all of your needs will be met. Surrender takes the focus off of self and places it upon Christ, and is demonstrated by obedience.
REMEMBER NO MATTER WHAT, GOD IS IN CONTROL!