God’s word tells us that His “perfect peace” is available to us. No other peace remotely compares with God’s perfect peace. It is total, complete and absolute—a beautiful peace that never changes.
A verse of scripture tells us exactly how to obtain Gods perfect peace in our lives. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee,” Isaiah 26:3.
Our Father will always do His part if we will do our part. His part is to keep us in perfect peace. Our part is:
1) To keep our minds stayed on Him and
2) To trust completely in Him. Isn’t this exactly the opposite of what most of us do when were faced with a crisis?
Don’t our minds remain “stayed” on the problems that face us?
Don’t we turn these problems over and over in our minds, focusing on them almost constantly? Don’t most of us worry about whether we can solve these problems? God’s two requirements for perfect peace will work only if we let them.
Some of us experience “partial peace.”
1) We keep our minds partially on the problem and 2) partially on God.
We trust partially in ourselves and partially in God. This is an overkill of doing exactly the opposite to the instructions of Isaiah 26:3, but it leaves us a long way from the perfect peace that we can experience in God.
Why does Isaiah 26:3 teach us that perfect peace is related to our “minds” when Romans 10:9, Proverbs 23:7 and other verses of scripture place it in our hearts? The answer is that all spiritual battles are fought in our minds. These battles are fought based upon what we believe in our hearts. But peace takes place in our minds. Our heartfelt beliefs are our ‘weapons,’ but our minds are the ‘battlefield.’
Satan got to Adam and Eve by cunningly seducing and corrupting their minds. We must be on guard against this same device: “…even as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning ways, so your minds may be corrupted and seduced from wholehearted and sincere and pure devotion to Christ,” 2 Corinthians 11:3.
God wants us to keep our minds stayed on Him because He wants us to be single-minded always. Christians who aren’t single-minded risk the problems that attack people who are double-minded. “…a man of two minds–[he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides],” James 1:8.
Double-minded Christians are variable. One day they’re full of faith—defying the problem that they’re faced with, boldly claiming the promises of God, praising Him and thanking Him. Yet a few days, weeks or months later, these same Christians often are filled with doubt and are very hesitant and wavering.
God’s word warns us about the penalties of being double-minded (offering a half-hearted commitment for trusting God one day and worrying another day). “Ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways,” James 1:6-8.
Our Father wants us to look only one way—at Him! No matter what problems come into our lives, He wants us to take our eyes off the problem and keep them on Him. If we do this, the glorious light of our Lord Jesus Christ will shine in our lives. “If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light,” Matthew 6:22.