A few posts ago I wrote about the conditional peace of God. According to the Word, this peace is accessible to those who choose to fix their minds on God- to look to Him, think about Him, meditate on His ways. One of the most popular verses about the circumstance-surpassing peace of God is found in Isaiah 26:3…
“You will keep in perfect peace those who minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”
Great promise, right?
But how do I fix my eyes on Him in the midst of turmoil, frustration, chaos? Should I look to Him in these moments as “Father”, as “Lord”, as “Shepherd”? The context of this part of Isaiah helps us know how to think of God in these times where we are desperate for peace but life around us is capturing our attention.
In the section of Isaiah where this promise comes, Isaiah has just been explaining the “Day of the Lord”, which is a real day in the future that will come upon the whole earth. In that day, God will bring low and humiliate everything in the heavens and on the earth that has set itself up against Him. He will also in that day exalt and glorify everyone who has humbled themselves before Him. The Day of the Lord is a glorious reality for the friends of God and a terrifying reality for the enemies of God. The Lord will reveal Himself as “beautifully terrible” and “terribly beautiful” in that Day.
Lately when I have a tendency to feel stressed, worried, or overwhelmed, this is the “facet” of God that I bring to mind. The One who doesn’t just have a plan for MY LIFE, but is Sovereign over the rising and falling of the NATIONS of the earth. Consider the weightiness of this verse:
“This is the plan determined for the whole world; this is the hand stretched out over all nations. For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back? ” Isaiah 14: 26-27
Next time you are feeling chaos in your life instead of peace, I encourage you to think of God in this way: The HOLY God on His throne, the one who is SO BIG that He (in my imagination) stoops down low and uses a magnifying glass just to see the earth. The One who sees the nations of the earth as grains of sand in His hands.
If He can sustain and hold the earth together, He can sustain and hold you together.