“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You … In the way of Your judgments, O Lord, we have waited for You; the desire of our soul is for Your name and for the remembrance of You” (Isaiah 26:3, 8).
When you are facing challenging days, Satan wants to rob you of all hope by consuming you with foreboding thoughts. You can get bogged down in fear if you obsess about uncertain times or waste time trying to figure out the future.
Isaiah was overwhelmed by what he saw happening in the world around him, but Scripture reveals that he enjoyed great peace for two reasons:
Isaiah was in constant communion with God in prayer. “O Lord, we have waited for You; the desire of our soul is for Your name and for the remembrance of You” (26:8). Isaiah was prepared for anything because he was already “praying without ceasing.”
He abandoned himself to simple trust in the Lord, his Rock. “Trust in the Lord forever, for in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength” (26:4). “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; for YAH, the Lord, is my strength and song” (12:2).
The same wonderful outlook that Isaiah had in the perilous times of his day is available to us today. The promises of rest apply to “all whose minds are stayed on him.”
“It will be said in that day: ‘Behold, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation” (Isaiah 25:9).
As the storm rages around you, are you going to the Lord in prayer, as Isaiah did? If so, then you are gaining strength. Fix your mind on your sovereign heavenly Father’s love and he will continually reveal his power to you and encourage you that you will make it through.