“With perfect peace
You will protect those whose minds cannot be changed,
because they trust You.”
The long history of God’s people is full of really tough times and experiences. Drama was always around the next corner, it seemed. Wars, captivity, living in exile, being refugees, running for their lives, long periods of extreme cruelty, and Death. God allowed all of this to be woven into their Story. He saw it all. He allowed it to go on. That’s a tough thing for us to contemplate.
When I reverse the order of this verse, there are two things that are “on us” as His people: His people trusted God, and their minds could not be changed. Life on this earth is tough. Sometimes it seems impossible. TRUST requires intentionally putting our small hand into His enormous, powerful Hand….and hanging on. No matter what. It means accepting the fact that I cannot control the events of my life. I can really try, but it is not humanly possible. What I can dois hold onto His Hand, like a child with his/her father. There we touch His Strength, His Presence, His Protection and Assurance. Our Perfect Father has the perfect view of what is ahead, around and behind us. We might even close our eyes as we squeeze His Hand. That’s fine! Hang on for dear life!
Unlike a human father, our Heavenly Father will not let go when we put our small hand in His. And each time we experience Him as He walks us through this life, our trust grows. Each experience adds to our level of confidence in HIM.Step by step, He will not let go…only wecan do that. We may have to walk through frightening times, painful experiences, rocky paths, dark days…life on this earth. But, holding on tightly, our trust slowly grows. Our minds begin to absorb the reality of His Presence, His Love, His trust-worthiness….especially through the most frightening times.
And slowly, slowly, with each experience we walk through holding His Hand, our mind becomes more believing because of what we’ve been through together. Our trust grows, because He has walked withus. We realize that keeping hold of His Hand becomes our safest place on earth. And out of the years of walking together through life, peace….PERFECT Peace…becomes our experience…It becomes part of our hearts….our minds. It becomes TRUTH for us. The pain and troubles of this earthly life do not change. But the PEACEthat has grown and deepened through it all…remains.