Through all of the years of my life there has been no battle I’ve ever faced like the battle that takes place in my mind. Our family, like yours, has faced many challenges, many battles, but each of those battles was heightened, intensified, by the thoughts that pummeled me day and night.
I can remember when Connie told me that she had cancer. Immediately my thoughts turned to, “What will I do if she dies?” and “How will I raise my young daughter by myself?” The thoughts were involuntary reflexes. I sure didn’t intentionally think them. As a matter of fact, I tried everything in my power to stop them. Maybe you’ve struggled with your mind in the same way when you’ve gone through difficult times. Maybe you are in the midst of an intense battle taking place in your mind right now. If so, I’ve got good news for you.
I’ve learned some valuable lessons through the years and one of them came from Isaiah 26:3. The Word of God says that He will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are “steadfast, because they trust in Him. The word “steadfast” doesn’t mean John-Wayne-strong or possessing tougher-than-nails-tenacity, it means “to lean upon.” When struggles break out in my life and my mind begins to “lean” into dark places, when my mind begins to think thoughts that cause me to fear and fill me with anxiety, this verse reminds me that I must lean upon the Lord, think about His Sovereignty, think about His faithfulness in times past, and think about the truths that I gain from His Word rather than the lies my mind sets before me.
By hiding this verse in our hearts, God’s Spirit will have ammo to use the next time we face trials that might paralyze us. Instead of being paralyzed by fear and anxiety, the Holy Spirit will reign in our minds and fill them with thoughts of God’s promise to keep us in perfect peace, His peace that surpasses all understanding. Let me assure you, His peace is the only peace that can sustain us through the trials of life.