Last night, as I was preparing for bed, all of a sudden the Father brought a verse to my mind:
“You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” (Isaiah 26:3).
And I paused, and for the first time, I realized that my mind has been stayed for weeks on the evil of this world. And while I’ve been reading and studying and meditating on Scripture, I have not had my mind stayed on Him. And that’s why peace was not staying.
I know this sounds so simplistic, but suddenly I had peace and slept like a baby. So crazy!
There are a lot of evil people in this world, plotting and planning and conniving. I know of good people who are suffering terribly. Injustices are abounding. The future is filled with uncertainty.
I went and sat in my recliner with my fuzzy blanket. I had a book next to my chair that is all about the evil theologies that led to the Holocaust. I had several videos saved in YouTube about pandemics and conspiracy theories. I had open browser tabs on my phone about threatened religious freedoms in California and Michigan and other places.
And I decided not to look at them. At least not last night, as Sabbath was beginning. Yes, I knew that I would be thinking about ways to spread the gospel or defend human life, Truth, and mercy.
But all those evil reports were taking my mind off His amazing power.
Once Joshua was fighting a battle (Exodus 17), and Moses told him that he would stay up on top of the hill and hold up his staff to remind him of the power of YHVH during the battle. But the battle was long, and old Moses’ arms got weary. So his friends rolled a rock under him, and he sat down. He rested on the Rock! Meanwhile, his friends continued to hold up his arms and the staff that reminded them of all the miracles YHVH had already done for them.
I hope you’ll take the time to read Isaiah 26 today and see how YHVH will establish peace for us! He is our rock! He will do great things for us! We only need to stand still and see the salvation of YHVH!
“Unless YHVH builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless YHVH guards the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.
It is vain for you to rise up early,
To sit up late,
To eat the bread of sorrows;
For so He gives His beloved sleep” (Psalm 127:1-2).
Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture in this blog post taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.