Peace that Restores the Soul (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 364)
Isaiah 26:3 (NLT)
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
Many people cannot point to a time when their lives are un-rushed, un-hurried, and un-ragged. Multiple studies point to the fact that we are living in one of the most overworked and overwhelmed generations. We rush to work, to school, to church, back home, to the sporting event, to the play, to the store, to the bank, to the salon, to the doctor, to the beach. And at the end of the day, we are no better off than when we started.
During the Christmas season, we may sing “Peace on Earth” but very few of us are really experiencing that in our lives. The world doesn’t have peace because most of the people in the world are in a constant state of upheaval, panic, and crisis. We may spend two weeks at the beach or a night out with friends but it leaves us no more refresh or restored. We often search for forms of peace in a thing or in a person, but it is all temporary and means nothing because it’s our soul that is not at rest.
When we’re empty on the inside and worried about everything going on around us, society screams “more” and “more” and “more”. It urges us to go to more places, create more experiences, eat more, work more, play more, do more, be more, see more. More. More. More. But what we don’t need is more of anything. We need one solid place with one solid person to keep our minds and hearts focused on the things that matter. That one place and one person is in the arms of God. Isaiah says, “You [God] will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”
When we keep our thoughts fixed on God, we have no reason to fear or to worry. We don’t have to be in a constant state of panic and crisis. We don’t have to live a rushed and hurried life, being pushed and pulled to keep up with this person or that new trend. We don’t have to have more of anything or do more of anything. We just need to go to God, sit in his presence, talk to him, listen to him, and let his peace and power overwhelm us so that we can be steadfast and sure in a world that is constantly changing. If you’re tired of feeling stressed, turn your attention to God and let him bring perfect peace that passes all understanding into your life.
“I have to get to the point of the absolute and unquestionable relationship that takes everything exactly as it comes from Him. God never guides us at some time in the future, but always here and now. Realize that the Lord is here now, and the freedom you receive is immediate.”
— Oswald Chambers