God’s word promises us perfect peace. What a wonderful promise! I’m sure we would all enjoy a little peace! But his promise comes with some small print. God’s Peace is contingent on our focus. We must remain focused on God in order to enjoy peace. When we begin to focus on our circumstances, peace is likely to fade. In order to enjoy God’s peace, we must make a conscious decision to choose to focus on Him rather than on the chaos that surrounds us. Unfortunately, that is easier said than done. Just this week I have had a number of experiences that via for my attention and emotions. Each one, a problem or situation that needs immediate attention. It is so easy to become fixated on these issues and allow them to captivate my mind. When I choose to focus on them, my breathing constricts and I can feel my blood pressure rise, I become tense and unsettled. As I live in turmoil, God patiently stands beside me offering me the gift of his peace. When I focus on God, knowing he is all powerful and that he loves me, I can rest assured that he is working for my good in all circumstances. It seems silly that I would rather worry than actually discipline myself to take my thoughts captive and focus on the Lord, yet that is how many of us choose to live.
Isaiah says, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. ” (Isaiah 26:3, NASB) In Proverbs we are reminded, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6, )
The walk of faith tells us that God is on our side. He will bring good out of all circumstances that happen in the lives of those who love him. Coupled with logic that tells us it is better to peacefully trust God rather than live in anguish, it is surprising that we don’t all choose to focus on God and enjoy his gift of peace.
What anxiety do you have today that could be resolved by simply shifting your focus? Why not choose to focus on God and enjoy his peace?