The Tabernacle Scroll

Issue 82

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you” (Is. 26: 3, emphasis mine)

What this scripture is emphasizing is that the believer’s attitude should be one of present focus (‘is stayed on you’), on the source (“You’, i.e., God), so that by trusting in Him, the believer might enjoy His peace (i.e., perfect peace).

How often have you heard the religious platitude “just trust in Him”? Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But the question we all want answered is “HOW’?

‘Trusting’ is a discipline that each of us must cultivate. It involves taking some actions in the midst of our trials and difficulties. It involves making a choice between having peace or remaining miserable. Once we’ve made the choice, it remains for us to take appropriate action.

Firstly, we need to practice going after God’s peace. Jesus guaranteed that as long as we live in this world we would have tribulations. But he also provided that the believer who came to Him with his burdens would never be cast aside; rather, He would refresh him. “Come to me all who labour and are heavily laden and I will refresh you”. The secret is in taking all our burdens to Jesus. We are not to ‘lean on our own understanding’ but ‘in all our ways to acknowledge Him’ (Prov.3: 5). When we do this we can rest assured of His peace, because He will ‘direct our paths’. The practice of consciously turning things over to Jesus develops a mental habit, which results in an attitude. It is the attitude of God’s peace that the Bible is calling us to have - not just a temporary feeling of peace in a time of crisis!

Secondly, we must make a decision to give up the attitude of being miserable. Richard de Haan (Jnr), co-author of Our Daily Bread quotes from an article entitled “How To Be Miserable” (author unknown), as follows: “Think about yourself. Talk about yourself. Use ‘I’ as often as possible. Mirror yourself continually in the opinion of others. Listen greedily to what people say about you. Expect to be appreciated. Be suspicious. Be jealous and envious. Be sensitive to slights. Insist on consideration and respect. Demand agreement with your own views on everything. Sulk if people don’t make much of you. Shirk your duties if you can. Do as little as possible for others.” What this article is saying is that as long as we see ourselves as the center of everything, we will continue to be miserable.

The overriding discipline then, is to turn our thoughts away from ourselves and focus our attention on Jesus. He brings comfort and peace to those who sense their need of Him. Think about it!

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