By Rebekah Leavell
“You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3
This has been a go-to verse for me through many seasons of my adult life. Now, in this current pandemic, it has been even more of a chime in my mind through these long days than ever. With a husband working from home, and as a mom with four children stuck home along with me during this time of isolation, it can be very hard to think about any possibility of peace, let alone perfect peace! Our house is all on one floor and is not the square footage that most in our area would deem large enough for a family of six. With everyone home together for days and weeks nonstop now, it gets very messy, noisy, and chaotic…all in my one room living, dining, and kitchen area. Now it looks like we’re going to be doing this for another month! Perfect peace? With my family stuck at home every day?
The key in the promise of peace is our mind and heart is not found in making sure my home remains spotless or that I have Pintrest ready meals for my family every day through this. It certainly does not come from being obsessed with the news each day or the latests virus statistics. Peace comes from remaining focused and fixated onto God, which is contingent on my trusting in who He is and in His character. When I know who God is, and His character of sovereignly perfect love, goodness, grace, mercy, etc, then in the midst of chaos, my soul can be at perfect peace. Why? Because He has an ultimately flawless plan and purpose for my good and His glory.
If you don’t know if you can trust God’s character and heart towards peace, then I encourage you to start by reading the book of John in the New Testament. In John 14:9, Jesus said, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” To understand the God of peace, you must look at the “Prince of Peace.” While cooped up at home, this could provide a good opportunity for you to see for yourself the trustworthiness of God and experience His ability to deliver on His promise of perfect peace!
If you have any questions or would like to talk about this subject further, the counselors here at Biblical Counseling of Arizona would love to be of help and encouragement during this time! Video sessions from the comfort of your own home are available and encouraged during this time of being
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27