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
Living in these uncertain times is a surreal experience, and it can wreak havoc on our peace of mind. We have questions, we want answers, we want to point the finger of blame at someone. The frustration at having no answers, at being forced to live in the moment with no idea about how long we will be here, leaves many of us frustrated. The control over our lives has been taken away—we can no longer go where we want or do what we like and we’re suddenly living in close quarters with someone struggling with all the same questions and frustrations. Finding peace in your marriage can feel like slipping sand. Understanding that your mind is searching for answers it has no right to know may shed some light on your path to peace.
We were created to be rational beings, and we carry around with us the desire to know and understand why things are the way they are. But here’s the thing—we will never experience that inner peace we so desperately desire simply because all of our questions have been answered. The bible does not dispel all mysteries in your life—it does not answer all the questions we have, and it does not always reveal to you all the things He will do in your life for your good and His glory. As believers, we cannot trust reason more than we trust God, we do not reject His truth when it doesn’t make sense to us, and we accept that there will be mysteries that will never be solved in our lifetime.
This passage tells us where the true peace is to be found—it is not found in trying to figure out the secret will of God, and it is not found in personal attempts to plan and control the circumstances or people in your life. No, the kind of peace that has staying power through the most difficult circumstances comes from fixing our minds on Him. We don’t need to have it all figured out, we just need to worship the One who does. Because we know the One behind the mystery is gloriously good, we can trust and worship Him.
Foundational to this passage is a trust in God’s goodness. If we do not believe He is for us deep inside our hearts, that His plan for us and for this world is good, then we will never find His peace. He honors those who trust Him, and He will bless our obedience to put our trust in Him with the peace we so desperately crave.
More times than I can count, I’ve been on my knees begging God to work in a situation the way I want Him to work, but I always try to end the pray by relinquishing control of the situation to Him. And He has blessed that submission with this perfect peace in a way that blows my mind. Every single time. He is good, my friends. He is for us. We can trust Him because He has a plan for us and for the world that is good. It doesn’t have to make sense to you; it makes sense to Him. Grab your spouse’s hand, take a deep breath, and remind yourselves that He is good, even if you can’t see it yet.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗