You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26:3-4
Isaiah 26:3 is the verse we chose for our son when we dedicated him at church. Before he was born, I read this verse and applied it to anxiety about my upcoming labor. I didn’t know it then, but this verse would become significant for Eli’s life and also mine. When Eli was about 18 months old, he experienced some health problems related to an issue he carried from the womb. I battled anxiety over his health for many months and claimed this verse every time I was tempted to take my mind off God.
I saw God’s hand in all the details of Eli’s health journey. He protected him in the scariest moments and healed him through surgery. When I look back, I see how God was in control the whole time. It shows me why we can have perfect peace in Christ. He is unsurprised by anything that comes our way. He is steady and constant and full of love for us and our children.
Now Eli is almost 5 and full of energy. He loves to pick up rocks and keep them in his pocket so he can take them everywhere he goes. Isaiah 26:4 says we can trust in God “forever” because He “is an everlasting rock.” Just like the rocks in my son’s pocket, God is with us all the time — in the darkness of night while we care for our little ones and in the light of day when we face life’s trouble. He will never be moved or shaken by our circumstances. His perfect peace is waiting for us when we keep our thoughts fixed on Him.
Press on, Mama!
More Moments in the Word:
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Colossians 3:1-2
To Consider this Week:
What are you facing right now that needs God’s perfect peace?
How has God shown you that He is an everlasting rock?
How will you refocus your mind on God this week when you face things that are not peaceful?