Iâ€™ve noticed a pattern in my life, over and over again. And yet I am still forgetful and prone to fall into it, over and over again.
What I’ve noticed is that it’s often the case that when I spend a lot of time focusing on myself, be it how I feel, what I donâ€™t have that I wish I did have, what many tasks are before me to be accomplished, perhaps even just how it is hard to be where I am at the moment or in the season that I am in…when I spend time focusing on things like these, it is very easy to get downhearted, downtrodden and discouraged.
But over and over again, each time I find myself in that “ddd” place, at some stage, something reminds me to stop looking down, and look up.
Isaiah 26:3 says â€œYou will keep Him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.â€
And this verse has become so real to me, over and over again. If I take a moment to re-focus, and to turn my mind to God, I might remember:
His incredible faithfulness in days gone by.
His abundant provision for me when I had no idea how it would be accomplished.
His beautiful promises that Iâ€™ve seen Him keep over and over again.
His self-sacrificing gift of love, Jesus Christ, through whom I have everything I need for life and godliness.
Over and over again, I realise each day is an opportunity that comes with a choice. I wish I could say I only dwell in discouragement for an hour or two before I remember to look up. Sometimes it takes a while. But eventually I remember that what I keep my mind focused on will determine my attitude and my perceptions of life. When I remember the goodness of God and take a moment to choose to trust in Him all over again, I find the peace that was missing, when it was still all about me.
The Sermon in a Nutshell: Godâ€™s peace isnâ€™t for sale at Target. It isnâ€™t available when youâ€™re out for a jaunt of â€œretail therapy,â€ a Starbucks coffee or a gym session. But if you can remember, recount, and dwell on the goodness of God, He can keep you in perfect peace like nothing else.