What’s on Your Mind?
by Dianne Barker
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” (Isaiah 26:3).
Skimming through Isaiah on my way to this familiar verse, I wondered why peace comes when I keep my mind on the Lord. I realized the end of the verse provided the answer: keeping my mind on the Lord leads me to trust him.
I read the next verse. “Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength” (Isaiah 26:4).
Let’s follow the thinking of a mind stayed on the Lord.
The Lord loves me with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). His eyes roam throughout the earth, looking for ways to show himself strong for me (2 Chronicles 16:9). He knows when a sparrow falls to the ground, and I am more valuable to him than many sparrows (Matthew 10:29-31).
Suffering develops perseverance, which produces character; and character brings hope. Hope doesn’t disappoint me because the love of God fills my heart through the presence of his Spirit (Romans 5:3-5 NIV). God will supply all my need according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
Peace in crisis isn’t automatic. It’s the result of choosing to keep my mind fastened on the Lord, remembering truth.
“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:28-31).
Dianne Barker is a speaker, radio host, and author of 11 books, including the best-selling Twice Pardoned and award-winning I Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore! Organizing for the Maximum Life. She’s a member of Christian Authors Network, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and Word Weavers International. Visit www.diannebarker.com.