Isaiah 26:3 - You keep him in perfect
peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he
trusts in you.
It is very difficult for
me to concentrate when I'm reading the Bible. Sometimes
I find myself reading backwards. I'll read something that sticks out to me,
then I realize that I had been thinking about other
things the whole time. So, I read the verse before it, then the one
before that, and before I know it,
I'm reading the whole chapter
backwards! You know what I mean?
Or while I'm praying for someone, I remember that
that person's father got a new car. Then, I remember the guy telling
him that he needed to replace a part on the car, then I
remember the van needs a car-wash.
Then I remember the dog playing in the water last time
we washed the car, and oh!, speaking of, the dog needs its
heartworm medicine! And then
I look down at the Bible in my lap and
remember I'm praying!
Ever happen to you?
In that verse, it seems that
those three things work together - perfect peace,
the mind resting in God (literally),
and trusting in God.
(This verse is very interesting to study, by the way.)
So, I did a self-evaluation, and it was
true that I was not completely
trusting God, I was not at perfect peace,
and I definitely could not
keep my mind on God for an extended
period of time! I was excited to find the reason for not
being able to focus, but humbled by the fact that I did not trust
God like I thought I did, and I was not as at peace
like I thought I was. (I realized this
when God sent a trial. You know, those
trials that are more often reminders
to trust God than anything?)
I purposed to work
on trusting God, and I asked Him to give me
the grace to trust Him. He has been faithful in bringing about
peace, and He has given me extra
grace to keep my mind on Him during these
dates, and all day long.
I am learning the importance of
having these dates in the morning. It sets the day off right.
Not to mention, my mind is clearer and better
able to concentrate early.
I challenge you, if you could relate to any
of this, to examine and ask yourself, "Am I fully trusting
God? Am I at perfect peace? Does my
mind stay on God?"
LIVE. LOVE. LAUGH. CAPTURE IT!