ISAIAH 26:3 (DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT BY SARAH)
I have been thinking on this verse for many weeks lately, partly with the preparation of speaking at a ladies conference in October and partly due to homeschooling Lydia and this being one of her memory verses. This verse was also displayed on the wall just left of the pulpit in my home church growing up. It was a constant reminder to keep my mind on God and yet, it is still challenging me again today.
Preparing for the ladies conference, I was to speak on peacemaking from Matthew 5, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God." Did you know that peacemaking is evidence of a true believer? One whose mind is fixed on God will have less worry, less anxiety, and more peace than the world can conjure up? As a mother, I often get distracted with the thought that peace comes from a clean and organized home, obedient children, and a husband who understands my every thought! But in reality, I become even more frustrated seeking to implement these ideas of peace. The truth is that peace comes from having our minds focused on God, Who He is and What He has done. He is always good, Sovereign and powerful. I can rest in His will no matter how it may look from my perspective. I am learning that when I am overwhelmed, frustrated, or fearful, it is because I need a change of perspective. I need God!
Another thought… When our minds are fully focused on Him—when we eventually reach glory—there will be no more sorrow, no more pain, no more fear or anxiety. So then the closer I am to God here on earth, the more I experience a glimpse of Heaven…less worry, less fear, less pain, less of myself and more of Him!