“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3
We tend to blame the chaotic world around us for the stress we endure just about every day. But as much as the sin and chaos around us play a part, by and large we are the ones responsible for inviting stress into our lives with the way we choose to live them.
When we devote our lives to God, to keeping His laws, to existing in love and righteousness, we discover it’s not only possible but pretty easy to have a peaceful mind.
Think about it. If you aren’t engaged in fornication or adultery, you don’t have to worry about getting STDs or getting caught by your spouse or the other person’s spouse or many of the relationship problems that come from casual sex.
If you aren’t stealing, you don’t have to worry about getting caught.
If you aren’t lying, you don’t have to worry about the truth being revealed.
If you aren’t coveting what others have, you can be happy with where you are and what you have.
If you don’t do what God has instructed you not to do, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?
Finally, put your complete trust in the Lord’s faithfulness to His children, so that the problems that do exist even for the righteous you have the strength to peacefully endure because you have absolute confidence that God will not abandon you, that He will see to it that you aren’t given more than you can bear, that you in the end get what you need.
It isn’t that difficult to live a life of peace with yourself and the world. The hardest part is choosing peace, because let’s face it, for all the complaining we do, deep down many of us secretly crave drama, which is why we engage in these behaviors that at least subconsciously we know are going to bring us problems.