Perfect Peace

God guards me, keeps me in perfect and constant peace because my mind (both its inclinations and its character) is stayed on Him, because I commit myself to Him, lean on Him, and hope confidently in Him.  
Isaiah 26:3 (Amplified)
I’ve always loved the promise in Isaiah 26:3 I shared yesterday.  I don’t know about you, but it’s so easy for me to let my mind wonder in a million different directions.  Last week, I had a lot of trouble sleeping because whenever I woke up, I felt like my mind was running on a treadmill and didn’t know how to get off.  Running around from work, to family, to friends, to upcoming transitions, and unknowns…it was exhausting.  

I deeply long to take hold of the perfect peace and protection Isaiah 26 references.  I love the steps the Amplified version offers as a practical way to start believing in and relying on God’s perfect peace:

Fix your mind on Him
Set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.
Colossians 3:2 (Amplified)

Commit to Him
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. 
Proverbs 16:3 (NIV)

Lean on Him

Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
Proverbs 3:5 (Amplified)

Hope confidently in Him
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 
Hebrews 10:23 (NIV)
The promise we can cling to and rely on?  God’s protection and perfect, constant peace.  

HE WHO dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]. I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! 
Psalm 91:1-2 (Amplified)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 14:27 (NIV)
*Note: Isaiah 26:3 was re-worded in the first person*

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