Summary: Finding peace in the midst of troublesome times that can be down right troubling.
Isaiah 26:3-4 (New King James Version)
3 You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
4 Trust in the LORD forever,
For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.
Somebody at this present time is face to face with despair and disturbance. And it seem like you are in a continuous combat with domestic difficulties of life. Your troubled by the turmoil of a torn down family. You are blown away by the betrayal of trust by a so called best friend.
Dreams dashed by some unpredicted terminal disease, No jobs for the jobless, money looking funny, change looking strange, you work hard to pay bills and put food on the table and clothes on your children and they repay you with rebellious action. It seems like they are more involved in destroying there life instead of being indulged in building there life.
Life has dealt you a bad deal. Your knees are buckling because you are beginning to feel the pressure of problems and perplexity. It seems like there is no way out. You pray for deliverance, but deliverance won’t come, you pray for relief, but relief won’t come, you pray for a better way, but a better way has not come.
You know God is listening why doesn’t He answer? You know that He cares but you can’t feel his comfort and compassion. But can you hear the voice of God threw the Holy spirit and as harsh as it may sound. Can you hear God whisper “deliverance don’t always come my child because drama disturbs, suffering strikes, and comfort is collapsing.” God says you have to find a peace of mind.
Peace (You will keep him in perfect peace)
Peace is not the absence of external conflict. It is the power of internal security. If your life is fragmented and insecure God is not at fault. He offers peace even for the sufferer. You the world will offer you peace that will never materialize. But God give you peace that surpasses understanding and time.
Mind (Whose mind is stayed on You)
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8 (New King James Version)
Your mind must abide in the Attributes of the Anointed one. The attributes of God are those qualities or characteristics that belong only to Him eternally and infinitely. They constitute who He is. God did not acquire them nor can He lose them. He is immutable; therefore He can be neither more nor less than he is. (Jn. 5:4,5 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
Trust (Because he trusts in You.)
My Soul is Deposit in Safe Hands
"Nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him [lit. my deposit] until the Day." 2 Timothy 1:12
In times of old, before the existence of banks and storage places, travelers used to leave their valuable things or money as deposit with friends whom they trusted. Upon returning home, they were sure to find their deposits intact because they had been held in safe, trustworthy hands.
The Apostle Paul knew well that he was a citizen of heaven and a stranger on earth. During his earthly journey, he had decided not only to deposit his heavenly home and treasures he was soon to enjoy, but himself as well to God. What a wise decision. Being at peace that his precious soul was in safe Hands, he had nothing to fear or be ashamed of. His belief in God’s goodness and faithfulness glorified through the precious Blood of Jesus not only cleansed away every worry, but also deeply rooted God’s outstanding peace in his heart.
Friend, where is your soul deposit? Is it in banks? Is it in professional success? Is it in health? I am not sure if these are trustworthy sources. These sources may one day cause us to be ashamed. God is the only one who will never let His children trusting children be ashamed. He has promised, "They shall not be ashamed in the evil time". (Psalm 37:19)