Isaiah 26:3 - Peace That Surpasses All Understanding.

Isaiah 26:3 - Peace That Surpasses All Understanding.

Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV) You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose 
mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. 

   It isn't easy finding peace in a violent world. This task was 
no less daunting for the people in the Bible who followed God in 
the midst of brutal and oppressive times. Isaiah lived in such 
times. He saw Israel (the northern kingdom) conquered and destroyed by 
the Assyrians, who then turned their sights on Judah (the southern 
kingdom). Yet he spoke of knowing peace - not just any peace but perfect 
peace. In fact, he said that if we trust in God and fix our thoughts on 
him, he will not only give us perfect peace, but will keep us in 
perfect peace.  
   The key to knowing God's peace in a violent world is to fix 
our thoughts on him and trust him. When we fix our thoughts on him, 
the dizzying tornado of stress and confusion fades into the 
distance. Circumstances may change, but God doesn't change. He is "the 
eternal Rock" (Isaiah 26:4) - immoveable, unchangeable, firm, and 
steady. We can entrust ourselves to him.  
   No matter what circumstances you face, keep your thoughts on 
and your trust in God. He will give you peace. [The One Year Bible 
for New Believers re Isa.26:3, 4] 

   Your attention is a precious commodity, and myriad voices are 
vying for it. Your to-do list screams at you. The circumstances that 
pop up unexpectedly demand an immediate reaction. The people in your 
life are probably a little more polite about getting your attention, 
but they still expect a response. And the to-do list, the urgent 
circumstances, and the people you live and work with all have important 
concerns. You have God-given responsibilities with all of them. But their 
cumulative voices can be relentless. Meanwhile, you're sometimes just 
looking for a moment to breathe.  
   It's impossible to remain aware of God consistently when 
we're under such assaults. We have to prioritize, placing Him at the 
top of our list even at the expense of other worthy goals. If we 
want to have any awareness of His closeness, any sense of His 
Presence, any hint of His voice, we have to clear the clutter out of our 
minds, sit with Him, and be still. There's no other way.  
   This is where we find out the depth of our desire for God. 
Would we simply like to experience Him? Or are we desperate for Him? 
The way we prioritize our time reveals a lot. If knowing Him is more 
urgent to us than the voices that demand our attention, we'll make room 
for Him and eventually experience Him deeply. If not, we won't.  
   We have to determine to make hard choices and then brace for 
the assault against them. That doesn't mean we neglect our loved 
ones and responsibilities, but we do have to remember which 
relationship is our life. Seeking God's Presence and fixing our thoughts on 
Him takes time, but it's vital. And it speaks peace to every other 
voice that seeks our attention.  
   Lord, I fix my thoughts on You. I choose to spend time 
sitting in Your Presence each day, to turn my heart toward You in brief 
in-between moments, and to expect You to step into my circumstances and 
relationships. [The One Year Experiencing God's Presence Devotional by Chris 

   There are two ways for our sense of God's Presence to 
increase: for us to draw near to Him by "practicing" His Presence and for 
Him to draw near to us by manifesting His Presence. Brother 
Lawrence, the famous monk best known for practicing the Presence, became 
an intensely focused worshiper. He saw many around him trying to 
experience God's love by learning methods and principles, and it seemed 
unnecessarily complicated to him. He chose instead to intentionally worship as 
constantly as possible, to fix his thoughts on Jesus' Presence. This, he 
learned, made all the difference. Theological training wasn't the key to 
experiencing God; focusing on God was the key to experiencing God.  
   When we fix our thoughts on Him, He keeps us in perfect peace 
- or perfect shalom, actually. Not only does He put our hearts at 
rest, He gives us that sense of wholeness and fullness we seek. Isaiah 
26:3 delivers a powerful truth that can affect our satisfaction in 
life for the rest of our days: when we are able to focus on God in 
trust, He is able to grant us shalom. The satisfaction every human 
heart hungers for, so elusive and frustrating to so many throughout 
history, can be ours. We don't get it by striving for it but by trusting 
in the One who offers it. All we are required to do is keep our 
thoughts on Him as He truly is.  
   This is why so many Christians who are born of God's Spirit 
are still discontented and somewhat empty. They have God's life in 
them but are too distracted from Him to benefit from His Presence. 
But it doesn't have to be that way. If you keep your trust fully 
focused on Him, you will live in perfect shalom.  
   Father, help me keep my focus. Turn my eyes toward You. I 
want to experience Your perfect peace in all its fullness. [The One 
Year Experiencing God's Presence Devotional by Chris Tiegreen] 

   We are constantly talking to ourselves, sometimes verbalizing 
our thoughts even when nobody else is around. But most of the time, 
the self-talk just goes on in the mind - no one else hears the 
monologue. Perhaps we might plan what we are going to say to someone, 
rehearsing various lines of conversation to see which one goes best. Or we 
might mentally practice the piano or compliment ourselves on how we 
rocked the interview or how slim we look because our self-discipline is 
working. Sometimes we complain to ourselves about the weather, criticize 
ourselves for the blunder at the office, or fuss about the way we look. 
Both positive and negative self-talk is normal. Positive is good. 
Negative is not. But both too much positive or negative makes us 
unrealistic thinkers. Psychologists tell us that the mental illness of 
grandiosity or narcissism sets in when more than 69 percent of the monologue 
is positive. In contrast, the pathologies of anxiety, depression, 
and panic become evident when less than 31 percent of the self-talk 
is positive.  
   God asks us to discipline our mind. Given total freedom, the 
mind usually spirals into negative thinking far too easily. "Fix 
these words of mine in your hearts and minds" (Deut. 11:18, NIV) is a 
call for mental discipline. The promise of Isaiah 26:3 is sure: "You 
will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because 
they trust in you" (NIV). A steadfast mind is a healthy mind.  
   Lord, thank You for my mind. May I ever use it to honor and 
glorify Your holy name. Teach me the habit of mental discipline through 
trust in You. [God of Wonders by David Steen]  


   Keep your focus on Me. I have gifted you with amazing 
freedom, including the ability to choose the focal point of your mind. 
Only the crown of My creation has such remarkable capability; this is 
a sign of being made in My image. 
   Let the goal of this day be to bring every thought captive to 
Me. Whenever your mind wanders, lasso those thoughts and bring them 
into My Presence. In My radiant Light, anxious thoughts shrink and 
shrivel away. Judgmental thoughts are unmasked as you bask in My 
unconditional Love. Confused ideas are untangled while you rest in the 
simplicity of My Peace. I will guard you and keep you in constant Peace, as 
you focus your mind on Me. (Psa. 8:5; Gen. 1:26, 27; 2 Cor. 10:5; 
Isa. 26:3) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   I will fill you with joy and peace as you wait in My 
Presence. Spending time with Me demonstrates that you really do trust Me. 
People who trust mainly in themselves and their own abilities often 
crowd Me out of their lives. As you learn to trust Me more, you 
increasingly delight in time spent with Me. And the more you wait in My 
Presence, the deeper your faith grows - increasing your Joy and Peace.  
   Because you belong to Me, My Spirit lives in you. You may 
sometimes be unaware of His Presence, but He is always aware of you. 
Moreover, He is continually at work within you - transforming you into My 
likeness with ever-increasing Glory. You cooperate in this process by 
focusing on Me. As you become more and more like Me, hope grows within 
you. With the Spirit's help, this hope can well up inside you till it 
overflows - spilling out and splashing into the lives of other people! 
(Rom. 15:13; Isa. 26:3; Rom. 8:9; 2Co. 3:18) [Jesus Today by Sarah 

   My word is living and powerful; it is a discerner of the 
thoughts and intents of the heart. Because Scripture is alive, active, 
and full of Power, it can touch hearts deeply and transform lives 
thoroughly. I have changed your life through the wonders of biblical truth. 
My Word is continually at work in you, transforming you in the 
depths of your being. The more Scripture you have in your mind and 
heart, the more readily I can mold you.  
   Growing in grace is all about transformation - becoming more 
like Me. I never change: I am the same yesterday, today, and forever. 
So you are the one who needs to change - to be molded increasingly 
into My likeness. This is a glorious adventure and an awesome 
privilege! Yet it is also painful at times. Change always involves some 
loss, and it can trigger anxiety. The remedy is to cling to My hand - 
walking with Me in trusting dependence along the path I've prepared for 
you. My Word is a lamp to your feet and a light for your path. (Heb. 
4:12; 13:8; Rom. 8:29; Psa. 119:105) [Jesus Today by Sarah Young] 

   Relax in My healing, holy Presence. Allow Me to transform you 
through this time alone with Me. As your thoughts center more and more 
on Me, trust displaces fear and worry. Your mind is somewhat like a 
seesaw. As your trust in Me goes up, fear and worry automatically go 
down. Time spent with Me not only increases your trust; it also helps 
you discern what is important and what is not.  
   Energy and time are precious, limited entities. Therefore, 
you need to use them wisely, focusing on what is truly important. As 
you walk close to Me, saturating your mind with Scripture. I will 
show you how to spend your time and energy. My Word is a lamp to your 
feet; My Presence is a Light for your path. (Eph. 5:15, 16; Psa. 
119:105) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   Do not search for security in the world you inhabit. You tend 
to make mental checklists of things you need to do in order to gain 
control of your life. If only you could check everything off your list, 
you could relax and be at peace. But the more you work to accomplish 
that goal, the more things crop up on your list. The harder you try, 
the more frustrated you become.  
   There is a better way to find security in this life. Instead 
of scrutinizing your checklist, focus your attention on My Presence 
with you. This continual contact with Me will keep you in My Peace. 
Moreover, I will help you sort out what is important and what is not, what 
needs to be done now and what does not. Fix your eyes not on what is 
seen (your circumstances), but on what is unseen (My Presence). (Isa. 
26:3; 2 Cor. 4:18) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

Let Me help you get through this day. There are many possible 
paths to travel between your getting up in the morning and your lying 
down at night. Stay alert to the many choice-points along the way, 
being continually aware of My Presence. You will get through this day 
one way or the other. One way is to moan and groan, stumbling along 
with shuffling feet. This will get you to the end of the day 
eventually, but there is a better way. You can choose to walk with Me along 
the path of Peace, leaning on Me as much as you need. There will 
still be difficulties along the way, but you can face them confidently 
in My strength. Thank Me for each problem you encounter, and watch 
to see how I transform trials into blessings. (1Cor. 10:10; Luke 
1:79) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 


   Years ago, I was enthralled as I listened to a pastor who for 
several years had faithfully served the church. His executive 
responsibilities had taken him all over this country. As he concluded his 
message, he told of one of the most frightening yet thought-provoking 
experiences of his life. 
   He had been on a long flight from one place to another. The 
first warning of the approaching problems came when the sign on the 
airplane flashed on: Fasten your seat belts. Then, after a while, a calm 
voice said, "We shall not be serving the beverages at this time as we 
are expecting a little turbulence. Please be sure your seat belt is 
   As he looked around the aircraft, it became obvious that many 
of the passengers were becoming apprehensive. Later, the voice of 
the announcer said, "We are so sorry that we are unable to serve the 
meal at this time. The turbulence is still ahead of us." 
   And then the storm broke. The ominous cracks of thunder could 
be heard even above the roar of the engines. Lightening lit up the 
darkening skies, and within moments that great plane was like a cork 
tossed around on a celestial ocean. One moment the airplane was lifted 
on terrific currents of air; the next, it dropped as if it were 
about to crash. 
   The pastor confessed that he shared the discomfort and fear 
of those around him. He said, "As I looked around the plane, I 
could see that nearly all the passengers were upset and alarmed. Some 
were praying. The future seemed ominous and many were wondering if 
they would make it through the storm. 
   Then, I suddenly saw a little girl. Apparently the storm 
meant nothing to her. She had tucked her feet beneath her as she sat 
on her seat; she was reading a book and everything within her small 
world was calm and orderly. Sometimes she closed her eyes, then she 
would read again; then she would straighten her legs, but worry and 
fear were not in her world. When the plane was being buffeted by the 
terrible storm, when it lurched this way and that, as it rose and fell 
with frightening severity, when all the adults were scared half to 
death, that marvelous child was completely composed and unafraid." The 
minister could hardly believe his eyes. 
   It was not surprising therefore, that when the plane finally 
reached its destination and all the passengers were hurrying to 
disembark, our pastor lingered to speak to the girl whom he had watched for 
such a long time. Having commented about the storm and behavior of 
the plane, he asked why she had not been afraid. 
   The sweet child replied, "Sir, my Dad is the pilot, and he is 
taking me home." 
   There are many kinds of storms that buffet us.
   Physical, mental, financial, domestic, and many other storms 
can easily and quickly darken our skies and throw our plane into 
apparently uncontrollable movement. We have all known such times, and let 
us be honest and confess, it is much easier to be at rest when our 
feet are on the ground than when we are being tossed about a darkened 
   Let us remember: Our Father is the Pilot. He is in control 
and He is taking us home ... 2jesus. author unknown 

God Can't Give Us Happiness And Peace Apart From Himself Because 
There Is No Such Thing. C. S. Lewis 






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