by Dr David Jeremiah
"You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You." Isaiah 26:3
Recommended Reading: John 14:25-28
Isaiah 26:3 is one of the Old Testament's most beloved verses: a promise of peace made possible by remaining steadfastly focused on God. But it's the context of this promise that makes it so inviting. Israel was anticipating the Day of the Lord when God would rain down judgment upon her enemies. And in the midst of such turmoil, no Israelite should be anxious. Rather, they should keep their mind "stayed" (focused steadfastly) on the strength of God. He will "appoint salvation for walls and bulwarks" (verse 1).
The image of battles and ramparts is a good one for all who desire to keep their hearts and minds in peace. Christians are in a battle, for sure (2 Corinthians 10:3-6; Ephesians 6:10-18). We battle against principalities and powers that would seek to take our minds off of God who is our salvation. Anything the devil can do to make us doubt God's love, Christ's sufficiency, and the power of the Holy Spirit, he will do. Peace is kept by staying focused on what is true, on what God says.
Today, before heading into battle, fix and focus your mind on the great and precious promises of God (2 Peter 1:4) by which you will be kept in perfect peace.
"It is in the way of truth that real peace is found." C. H. Spurgeon
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