Both Isaiah and the Apostle Paul give us the answer to tranquillity and perfect peace of mind. Isaiah promises that “the Lord gives perfect peace to those whose faith is firm” (Isaiah 26:3, cev). Paul advises, “keep your minds on whatever is pure, true, right, holy, friendly and proper.” He promises that “God, who gives peace, will be with you” (Philippians 4:8a and 9b, cev).
We have a choice. We can choose to think only about the disappointments, the failures, and the fears. And so we will find ourselves nervous and distressed. Or we can choose to think about the good things in our lives and the faith we have in God to help us. Then we become confident and hopeful. A wonderful peace of mind prevails.
At times when I become discouraged or if I am offended by someone, I take a walk and look at the beauty of the trees, shrubs and flowers. Or I sit down at the piano and play a beautiful melody. I sit quietly and think of all the loving family and friends I have. Or I open my Bible and find familiar, treasured verses.
I look at Jesus and remember what he has done for me and how much he loves me. The troubles diminish and I feel peaceful again.
Father, when I falter, thank you that I can keep my mind on you and find perfect peace in my life. Amen.