Do you want peace and quiet? That is probably something that most of us desire, and yet it remains so elusive. My brother and I are only eleven months apart, so you can imagine how much noise we made growing up. When we were young I know we had to have driven my poor mother crazy at times. She would tell us she was going to go into her room and shut the door because she just wanted “five minutes of peace and quiet.”
I had no conception of time when I was little because my mom would disappear for an hour and call it five minutes. I was a teenager before I realized how short five minutes actually is. Now that I am a parent myself I understand that desire for just five minutes of peace. But we can certainly do so much better than just five minutes, or even an hour. How would you like to have perfect peace?
In Isaiah 26 the prophet said these words to the Lord: “You keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock (v.3-4).”
That’s the key. If you want real and lasting peace, then fix your mind on the Lord. The word peace here means complete. God will supply this complete peace of mind, and peace with God, when we learn to dwell on God Himself. Focus on the world and you will have depression and anxiety, but focus on God and you will have peace.
Why? Because God is an everlasting rock. He is a stronghold, a constant in the midst of life’s turmoil. Move your mind from the land of chaos and let it be stayed on Jesus Christ, and there you will find the perfect peace you have only been able to measure in minutes.