Life is uncertain. We do not know what will come our way any given day. As we look around us there seems to be an increase in evil and ungodliness. The economy is precarious. The nation has turned from its moorings founded on the belief that we are “One nation under God”. Our future as a nation and what life holds for us personally are both unknowns. How do we face the future with confidence?
One of my favorite Bible verses is Isaiah 26:3-4: You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength. Isaiah 26:3-4
We can face the future with confidence with perfect peace. Perfect peace that only God can give. Perfect peace comes as we keep our minds stayed on – steadfast — fixed on God. We can have perfect peace because we know and believe that the One we trust is trustworthy, sovereign and faithful. We can face the future with confidence when we fix our minds, fix our eyes on God.
Sometimes there is so much vying for our attention that our eyes flit here and there and everywhere. When fear rises up and nearly chokes us – keeping our eyes fixed on God seems nearly impossible. It seems that our eyes are fixed on everything BUT God. So how do we keep our minds fixed on God?
I remember a time when I was having a heart catheterization and I was sitting waiting the 3 hours before it was my turn. I was rehearsing Isaiah 26:3, and as I got to the part that said, “…whose mind is stayed on You I remember praying – “Lord, I can’t even do that part myself. I need You to keep my mind stayed on You.” I was not fearful. God knows our frailty.
If you find yourself in a place when you don’t feel like you can keep your mind steadfast, fixed on God – cry out to Him for help. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1- NIV)
We can face the future with confidence when we fix our eyes not on the future but on the One Who holds the future.
Diane Hunt served for 16 years on the staff of America’s Keswick until recently when she and her husband relocated to North Carolina. She now continues serving as a contributing writer and Partner Care consultant. Diane is also a Biblical Counselor, speaker, teacher, and author. She delights in the opportunities she has as a women’s conference and retreat speaker to share from God’s word. Many of her illustrations are drawn from her relational experiences as a wife, mother, and mema. They are the very relationships that bring her the greatest joy and the most fun!