Inner peace is something we as humans are always seeking, especially in the midst of our turbulent world. As I was doing my morning Bible study this morning, I came upon a verse that is the ultimate guide if you are having difficulty finding that peace for yourself.
Isaiah 26:3 says “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.” I especially like the Passion translation which says, “Perfect, absolute peace surrounds those whose imaginations are consumed with you; they confidently trust in you.” Notice the verses don’t say some peace. They don’t say a little peace. They say perfect peace, absolute peace. What’s the magic formula? Simply focusing your thoughts primarily on God and His kingdom and not on this earthly kingdom. In fact, another verse says, “Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” or a more detailed version, “Yes, feast on all the treasures of the heavenly realm and fill your thoughts with heavenly realities, and not with the distractions of the natural realm.”(Colossians 3:2).
I have learned over the past few years that the heavenly realm and heavenly realities are the real realities. That’s hard to believe because we can’t experience it with our earthly senses. For most people, reality is what they can see in front of them and experience with the senses. However, I can tell you from experience that the more you focus on the heavenly reality, the more it becomes your earthly reality. Do you desire to change your earthly circumstances? Then focus on the heavenly one. I can tell you from experience that when you focus your thoughts on the things of heaven and the truth about what God knows and says about you, you will experience many blessings in your earthly life.
I can also tell you from experience that it is not always easy to avoid focusing on what is going on around you. Life happens, and it is often difficult. I have found that the key is to deliberately set aside times during the day to take a time out and focus on God and His presence. Even if it’s just for a few minutes at a time, it can do wonders in changing your mental focus and bringing you more towards God’s truth instead of the negative circumstances around you. As you do this more, it tends to have a snowball effect. That small snowball gradually gains momentum and grows into a giant mass of positivity and peace. When you truly focus and fill your thoughts with heavenly realities, you experience true and awesome peace because it is a direct manifestation of God. It is almost automatic because God IS peace. God IS love. He IS joy and every other positive emotion. When you connect to Him you are connecting with those positive emotions that eventually overtake your being if you can keep your focus there long enough.
We all need peace in today’s crazy world. Fill your mind and imagination with thoughts of God and His wonderful truth and promises, and peace will be automatic for you. And not just any peace, but perfect and absolute peace. Enjoy the blessings 🙂