Thought for the week by pastor Diana's Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

'You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.'

Isaiah 26:3

In our busy stressful lives we often long to be at peace.

I was at the doctors some time ago and the receptionist suddenly raised her hands and cried out 'I'm so stressed'. It was in my mind to say 'You should see a Dr about that', but when I saw the look on her face, I thought my joke wouldn't have gone down very well!

Life seems to get busier all the time and we need that inner peace to keep us from getting too stressed.

This verse talks about our mind being steadfast. That means to be fixed in one particular direction. The direction we should be fixed is in maintaining a relationship with God despite all the difficulties life sends our way.

Whether it be sin or stress we need to be steadfast about maintaining our walk with God. That is of utmost importance. There is nothing greater than this: not life or death; nor job interview or career; not family member or friend. Our relationship with Him is of absolute and vital importance. Lose that and you've lost everything.

I recently read in Rutherford's letters:

'The pleasures of sin are only for a season but to be brought to Christ is like the dawning of an eternal day; it spreads the serenity of heaven over all the days of our pilgrimage.'

Wouldn't you like the 'serenity of heaven' over all your days? Then choose to have a steadfast mind and you will enjoy perfect peace. No matter what life throws at you, you will walk a level, steady path because you have made Him your goal and not life itself.

Isaiah 26:4, 7 Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal. The path of the righteous is level; you, the Upright One, make the way of the righteous smooth.