Transformed in My Mental Health
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)
Do you have perfect peace today? I know some days my mind has a mind of its own, and it is anything but peaceful. I can’t seem to think clearly about anything. I think about things that could happen. I fret over the consequences of what has happened. My imagination runs wild with all kinds of negative possibilities. And no matter what I do, I can’t seem to bring my thoughts under control. I don’t have the “perfect peace” of God. Sounds familiar?
The Bible gives the reason for this condition. We don’t have perfect peace because our minds are not “stayed” on God. The Hebrew word for “mind” in this verse is not referring to the logical, rational, problem solving part of the mind. Instead, it is the word for imagination. It’s our imagination that causes us to lose our peace.
The only way to fix it is to fix your mind on God. Get a hold of your imagination, grab it by the scruff of the neck, and bring it to God. The Bible says, “Take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV). Bring your worries to him in prayer, then change the focus of your attention. Think about God. Lean into God, hold onto him, put your trust in him. When you do, he will give you peace of mind. And when you have peace of mind, then the logical, rational, problem solving part of your mind will be able to think clearly.
When you fix your mind on God, God fixes your mind.
(Transformed: How God Changes Us by Rick Warren)