3You will keep in perfect peace
all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
4Trust in the Lord always,
for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.
I’ve had these verses memorized since I was a kid, but I’m still learning how to walk in the perfect peace of my Savior. The counterpart to this prophetic promise in the Old Testament is fully realized by and through Jesus in John 14:27. The disciples were very fearful of the reality that Jesus would not be with them. He assured them it would be even better because He would be in them through the Holy Spirit. “26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have told you. 27Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled; do not be afraid.” The world’s peace is circumstantial, Jesus peace is covenantal. The world’s peace is temporary, Jesus peace is eternal. I can understand the disciples panic that after three and a half years of leaning on Jesus on the physical that He would no longer be there. But what Jesus gives He doesn’t take away. Rather then this peace being limited to proximity now it's expanded through the presence of the Holy Spirit. No matter where they go, what trials they faced, what questions were asked they could now lean on Him. This is what the Hebrew word for thoughts “fixed” on God means. It’s the word “Camak” which means to lean, lay, be supported and upheld by. When Jesus tells the disciples the Holy Spirit will teach and remind them, He’s speaking to this very intimate reality of our thoughts being led by the Holy Spirit as we lean on the Holy Spirit.
So, how do we do that exactly? How do we lean our thoughts on the Lord? I don’t know about you but my thoughts go every which way but up! When I sit down to read His Scripture and hear from The Holy Spirit all my thoughts start running through all I have to that day, what I missed from yesterday, and what is coming at me tomorrow. To make matters worse the average person checks their phone 52 times a day and some upwards of 300 times a day. Along with this, the average person sees 4000 ads a day which a generally designed to play on their worry or to create a perceived need. With all of this, how in the world are we supposed to leave behind the noise and hear God’s voice? How do we turn down the volume on the panic and enter that perfect peace? The key is seen later in chapter 26: “In the night I search for you; in the morning I earnestly seek you.” Isaiah is saying to check in with Jesus as often as we are checking our phones. He is showing us that an ongoing conversation with Holy Spirit from morning to the evening will remind us that He is with us and that we can’t make anything happen on our own anyway. We are all going to lean our thoughts on something. Let’s lean in on His promises through His presence via checking in with Him. Before we walk into a meeting, before we face the traffic home, before we walk into our home, when we wait down to a meal, before we close our eyes to sleep, before we our feet hit the floor the next door, let’s lean our thoughts on the eternal Rock. Everything else is changing, moving, crumbling, falling apart so its no wonder that everyone is living in a perpetual state of panic. That doesn’t have to be the case for those filled with the Holy Spirit. He will keep holding us as we keep holding on to Him.
Lord, thank You for giving me a peace that lasts and is not dependent upon my current circumstances or situations. I resolve to trust You in the midst of the unresolved. I choose to lean on You knowing You won’t let me fall. I look at the track record of all You have taken me through, how you speak to me in a crisis, how You speak through me into the lives of others and I see these scriptures in real time coming to pass. I want to walk in the shade of Your shalom when the harsh heat of worry and fear is bearing down on me. I don’t want this to be the only time I check in with you today. I lean on You so You can lead me through in peace.