My husband just told me of an interview with a major league baseball player who was telling of his experiences as a youth playing the game. There was fun and purity expressed (which is God being expressed) early on. As he progressed, he probably had to watch for aggression, competition and ego. That is true in everything in life when we stray from God and allow worldly ways to take over. The fun then disappears.
To keep my focus straight, I have to remember where everything Good comes from and it is certainly not me. Isaiah 26:3 reads “You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind (both its inclination and its character) is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.”
As I strive to stay near Him, I realize I never have to face a challenge alone because I can never, ever be separated from God, Good, but I have to constantly be aware of giving Him the glory as well as my problems.
Recently I read from a Bible commentary “Ancient philosophers drew connections between sound thinking and peace.” This just reinforced how important my thinking is to me! If it is filled with anger, bitterness, and anxiety; that is certainly not conducive to health and well-being. It is said in Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee.” Isn’t that referring to Love and Truth?
Negative thought should be cast out as soon as it is recognized and replaced with Truth and Love. That is my plan for today.
This morning I have been thinking about differing opinions and the hostility that can be displayed confrontationally. In praying about our world and wondering where all this has come from, I realize this is the wrong question. What are we learning from all this? Doesn’t Love remain the answer? When we release all human will, justification and pride, the only thing remaining is Love. Isaiah 26:3 reads, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Today, I will remember who is in control!