Who Are We Trusting to Solve Our Problems, God or Ourselves?
Before we answer this, read on:
(Isaiah 26:3 AMP) “You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character] Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].
Where is Our Focus?
We can maintain a peaceful state of mind wherever we go and whatever we do. ‘How is that possible?’ Those whose minds are focused or fixed on the Lord will be kept in perfect and constant peace. What a great promise and what a place to live from!
For example, one person may be disturbed by having multiple things to do at a time, while another may be energized by juggling many different projects at once. We’re all different, and we must learn to know our weaknesses but also to trust the Lord in the areas we cannot fathom out in our own strength. When we focus on Him and from His perspective, we can rest knowing He has got us in the palm of His hand.
Perfect Peace Only Through Relationship
As we know, no one is immune to stress, frustration and sometimes feeling that we are on the treadmill or the interstate of life. Unfortunately, many people strive to gain inner peace without a relationship with Jesus, the Prince of Peace. They seek it in ways that don’t work; Physical fitness, improving their appearance, fame, social status, money, human relationships and even leaving everything behind and going off to find solitude in some far off land. In worse cases, some seek this by trying to escape reality in drugs and alcohol. None of these things can provide the perfect peace; Only a relationship with Jesus can do that!
How Do We Handle Trouble?
The question isn’t “will trouble come?”, it’s “how will we handle it when it does?” When we live from the peace that surpasses all understanding (Phil 4:7 NKJV), we can laugh in the face of the devil as he does not know what to do to get us upset or into fear; We’ve then taken a powerful weapon directly from his hands. By trusting in God completely, we are no longer at the mercy of circumstances, other people, our own emotions, and limitations.
Peace is Our Guard
We should be anxious for nothing! (Phil 4:6 NKJV). Peace is the guard (soldier) that stands at the entrance to our minds and our hearts, so when things go wrong – don’t go wrong with them. Place our thoughts and minds on Him, stand on His Word, and trust Him that He is our refuge and that He will always be working on our behalf.