Isaiah 26:3 “People with their minds set on you, you keep completely whole, Steady on their feet, because they keep at it and don’t quit.”
Let’s break this down as far as it can go. Using different translations today’s verse says;
New Living Translation: “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”
King James Version: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
English Standard Version: “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
New American Standard: “The steadfast of mind Thou wilt keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in Thee.”
Amplified: “You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.”
I like the Amplified; it brings out the terms and conditions of this promise. God will protect us and grant us peace, this will be a peace we cannot explain because it is beyond comprehension (Philippians 4:7), it is a peace that would always be our portion (Philippians 4:9), if only……
We focus our mind set on God. The inclination of your mind is a reference to idle thoughts. The things we think of in those alone moments even then must have a God focus. The character of our mind is often seen in the consistency of our actions. Christians are often told to ask themselves the question ‘What Would Jesus Do?’. Ghanaian Presbyters sing ‘Asem biara meka no adi biara meyɛ anka ɛsese me bisa se ɛbeyɛ Yesu fɛ’. If the answer to that question is yes then I guess one’s mind is stayed on God.
Isn’t it interesting though that the Bible (Amplified) says God is committed to us, leans on us and hopes in us? You would have thought it would be the other way around. This proves that what we have with God is indeed a relationship where both parties are involved. The reason the Bible talks about God and not us is that God is faithful and steadfast and we blow with the wind. We can choose to be faithful and steadfast though by keeping our minds stayed on God, perfect peace is just one of the many blessings that would follow.
My old school Hymn sums it up beautifully https://youtu.be/bnIcKms_IUY
Think About This
What takes up your thoughts? Do you have peace?
Dear Lord, please help me focus on You. In Jesus name I pray. Amen