Devotion #79

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.

Isaiah 26:3-4 ESV

Make the choice today to focus on trusting God and His perfect plan for your life. It may not be the plan you or your spouse had for this year, but you can trust that His plan is perfect. The reality is He has an incredible plan for your life regardless of whether or not you choose to trust Him. Either way, His plan is going to play out. 

Trusting Him with that plan is what determines whether or not we have His perfect peace. He is a rock, as unmovable as the mountains, and His promises are true. We can count on every single one of them. Romans 8:28 tells us He promises to work all things for the good of those who love Him. We can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that His words are true, His plan is good, and He is at work in the chaos.The enemy can destroy our peace in a moment with a simple “What if?” question. “What this lasts longer than a couple of weeks?” “What if the treatment doesn’t work?” “What if he leaves?” “What if I lose my job?” “What if someone I love is taken from me?” “What if our world never returns to normal?” Satan knows that questions fill our mind and heart with chaos, and he’s at the ready to tempt us every single time. When the peace is destroyed in our minds, the peace is destroyed in our marriages. We take these questions to our spouse, and when they fail to answer them or provide a solution, we grow increasingly fearful. The problem is we ask questions of our spouse that they were never equipped to answer. They don’t know the plan, God does. If we want to hold onto harmony in the home, we need to guard our minds against the enemy’s questions.

God reminds us how to battle the enemy in this verse—we fix our minds on Him and we trust Him. When we trust in the everlasting rock, He chases the chaos away. When we trust in His plan, He replaces the confusion and questions with a “perfect peace.”

But how do we do that?  By keeping our minds fixed on Him. We have to capture our thinking when the questions come. Hold up a hand and refuse to let them continue. Some days that is so much harder than others. Some days it is a constant battle, but that is where we find our perfect peace. When we hear the questions in our head, we have to stop. When our spouse asks us the questions, we need to gently remind them of the truths in this verse. Recognize the temptation to fear as the enemy’s attacks and command him to stop. As hard as that is on some days, greater is He who lives in you, than he who lives in the world. The same power that rose Jesus from the dead lives in you—that’s enough power to overcome the “what if’s”. And when we do take those thoughts captive and fix our minds on Jesus, we find his perfect peace. Though the world continually tries to take my peace away, I want to live my life trusting that God has a plan for me and that He will reveal it to me perfectly.

Press on ~ you are loved 💗

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