You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. (Isaiah 26:3)
Sometimes you get carried away by your thoughts. After all, you have many things to attend to, many cares and concerns for which you are responsible. It often feels like these things demand all your energy and attention. You long for peace, for a sense of deep restfulness, but it always seems to elude you.
But what if, at this moment, the Lord is calling you out of your depletion? What if He desires for you to live less overwhelmed, to become more satisfied with Him and at peace in the midst of hectic circumstances? And if this is the case, how might you access this satisfaction, this peace for which you long?
At the time Isaiah was preaching God’s message of peace and trust, the people of Judah were on the brink of disaster. The Assyrian army loomed on Jerusalem’s horizon, threatening invasion. Needless to say, the entire city was preoccupied with this concern, and rightfully so. After all, their quality of life was imperiled by one of the world’s most feared military powers. However, it was into this very context that the Lord spoke, saying, “Don’t be overwhelmed. Instead trust in me. Let your thoughts rise above the here and now, and know that I am with you. Then you’ll have perfect peace.”
You need that same perspective, and so do I. This is a big reason why we will come to church on Sunday, to hear afresh the Lord’s invitation to live in a posture of trust. This He will extend to us through His Word being proclaimed and His praises being sung in the midst of His gathered people. Through such practices, God desires to counteract our restlessness and depletion, making us less overwhelmed and more satisfied in Christ.
So if you show up to church this Sunday desiring perfect peace, you can be sure that you will receive it. For according to Isaiah, such peace is only a thought away. So you need not be carried away with your thoughts. Instead you can learn to let thoughts of Christ carry you:
“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:2–3).
PRAYER AND REFLECTION
- What cares in your life do you routinely feel overwhelmed and consumed by? How might God’s Word speak to that right now? Take a moment and let your attention turn fully to the Lord. Ask Him to grant you His peace right now.
- Pray that God’s presence would give peace to those who need it this Sunday. Ask that His Word and the witness of His people would speak to the overwhelmed, inviting them to trust fully in the Lord who is worshiped by the church.
Set List for Sunday, November 03, 2019:
- Call Upon the Lord (C. Brown, S. Furtick)
- Another in the Fire (C. Davenport, J. Houston)
- Come Thou Fount (R. Robinson)
- You Are God And You Are Good (M. Carter, A. Ivey, J. Reeves)
- Kingdom Come (Lift Up Your Heads) (R. di Castiglione)