Welcome Aboard the Thought Train! Exploring Trust
Well here we are! Back together for Day Two of Exploring Trust. Thanks again for joining me on this excursion! It’s a beautiful day for a train ride here in East Tennessee. There is a beautiful blue sky overhead… The kind that inspires songwriters. The temperature is pleasant: not too hot, not too cool. You can’t beat this sunshine. I went out for a little Vitamin D therapy today and was that ever great!
Earlier today, as the day was dawning, I sat alone and enjoyed my quiet time. I am currently reading two devotionals which have been very inspirational, both on YouVersion (YouVersion). I highly recommend this Bible app which makes available various translations of the scripture as well as some great devotionals.
Those thoughts aside, I am constantly amazed at how God uses what I am reading to speak to my heart. For example, my current Bible devotional is not about Trust. Yet right in the middle of the scripture reading associated with the devotional was an amazing passage which is exactly what we need to hear today! It became my Trust Scripture for this post.
So let’s jump in and explore it. All aboard! Choo-choo…..
Today’s Trust Scripture
“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.”
Isaiah 26:3-4 NKJV
Yesterday we explored fear. Today we will discover Peace. Not just any Peace… Perfect Peace. Have you ever wondered what that means?
As is my habit, I will go back to Websters Dictionary definition of Peace: a state of tranquility or quiet; freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions. (dictionary)
Aaahhh… Doesn’t that sound wonderful? When is the last time you felt peace? It seems to me that Peace is hard to come by… What do you think?
Let’s just travel down this path for a few moments. Let’s personalize this and see what we may learn … About peace, about ourselves, about God.
What brings tranquility to you, quiet to your life? When do you experience it and what do you do to promote it?
I can say that the most peaceful time in my day occurs upon awakening. I am alone; the world is asleep, as is my family. I cultivate peace by maintaining my alone time. Then, when the world and my family have awakened, I am ready. Sort of.. I am ever fully ready, but I am certainly in a better place having spent time in scripture reading, prayer and/or meditation (thinking) on God.
“Why did she say “and/or?” you may ask. Because I want you to understand that I am no hero. No perfect little Christian wife who does everything she should do every day. I wish I did, but I suspect if I were to do that, I may become prideful and legalistic. I would begin my checklist religion again. And I DO NOT want that kind of faith. I want a personal faith in which I cultivate my relationship with God.
Ok, that was a tangent, but maybe it is something we should all consider…
Back to Peace
So back to the Peace train…
The prophet Isaiah shared this amazing insight on how to achieve Peace. Peace is a gift from God “to those whose mind is stayed on” God. In other words, our thoughts are to be anchored in Him. We should try to be aware of His presence in our lives, knowing that He is always with us, always guiding us (if we listen), and He always has our back. He goes before us and comes behind us. God transcends time and space so we can think of Him as surrounding us. He is Omniscient… All knowing… Allowing us the privilege of resting in Him since we know He has our best in mind.
Does this sound simple to you? Sometimes things that sound simple are the most difficult to achieve,
To keep our minds stayed on Him, we must realize that He is the author of our lives. Every breath we take is a gift of God. We are here on this earth because He chose us to be here. If we are His adopted children, if he is our Abba Father, it is because He has chosen us to be His. He loves us with an incomprehensible agape love.
As we recognize who God is and how He is part of our lives, and as we think on these things, our minds become “stayed” on Him. It is by understanding His character as well as seeing His work in our lives that we begin to really live in the light of His presence.
It Takes Practice
If you want to live in the Peace of God, you will have to practice. If I could just make up my mind and be at peace, I would have done that years ago. But it is not that easy. The world and all of its cares call out to us. Our personal challenges take precedence over the issues of the world. If we are constantly focusing on the difficulties and hardships, we cannot live in peace.
I am not advocating that we stick our heads in the sand and ignore the issues we face personally or globally. What I am advocating is that we put those things in perspective, and that our perspective should be filtered through the the lens of God. Yet we cannot filter through His lens if we do not first have a close personal relationship with Him and allow Him to speak into our lives.
So cultivate your relationship with the One who loves you more than you can imagine. Spend time with Him, one on one. Spend time in His word, which was written through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit just for us. Spend time with believers in corporate worship, listening to knowledgeable and anointed teachers and preachers of the Word, and filling your mind with theologically sound teaching and music.
Practice the Presence of God. Why? because it doesn’t come naturally. Our natural self is rebellious and self-centered, placing blame and doing whatever pleases us at the time.
We have to “tame” our nature… Well, that is not entirely true. Because alone, and of our own initiative and work, we cannot succeed. It is only through the work of the Holy Spirit in us and our cooperation with Him that we can be “transformed” in order to be “conformed” to the image of Christ, which is our ultimate goal.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Romans 12:2 NKJV
“For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”
Romans 8:29 NIV
Okay, here’s your challenge for today.
Think about when you last felt at Peace. Recall the circumstances surrounding that time.
Ask yourself: Am I practicing the presence of God? If not, what keeps me from it?
Today we saw Peace as a natural consequence of Trust in God. We would all enjoy more Peace.
Tomorrow we will consider the character of God… What is it about Him that makes it possible to Trust Him? I’m looking forward to delving into this, although it will be just skimming the surface. I also look forward to your feedback and insight. Please share. We will learn from each other.
Blessings for your day. Remember that He loves you…