“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee” (Isaiah 26:3).We appreciate home decor items that make a thoughtful statement. Yesterday we saw this message on a small decorative blackboard at Audreys, “My Brain Has Too Many Tabs Open”. It’s a reference to having multiple tabs open on an internet browser known as “tabbed browsing“. As a session of study, work or even just plain web surfing progresses, you may end up with lots of tabs open, a type of multitasking.
That’s a neat feature that can also become cluttered. Periodically I have so many tabs open I just shut down my browser to start fresh.
In life my brain can also have too many tabs open. That’s when I’ve got a lot on my mind and may lose focus, especially the focus on that which is most important. Illustratively we will call it “tabbed thinking”.
During our young dating years in Bible College Brooksyne and I frequently exchanged Scripture verses in our written correspondence (long before email and texting were available). I often shared Isaiah 26:3 which we put to memory. Years later we sang it to a tune which permanently attaches the words to our memory. Through the years we have both found this passage to be a guiding principle when we have too many tabs open. It is alsoa spiritual healing balm when going through troubling circumstances.
There’s a lot to dismay us, isn’t there? World situations, national tragedies, crazy politics, personal matters; they can all dismay, often concurrently. What dismays you today?
What glorious truth our daily Scripture verse conveys! Isaiah in chapter 26:3 shares a truth held dear by many believers: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.” This is from the KJV, which we memorized. Other versions state, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in you” (ESV) and “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You” (NIV). For additional comparison in various versions use this nifty tool.
Today let us focus just on the phrase, “Whose mind is stayed on Thee”; that’s the key, and that’s where I suspect so many of us have the problem. We sure do! With all the possible tabs open we keep getting our minds and hearts off the Lord and onto the problems at hand. We approach the problems from every angle and get everyone’s take on it. We go to bed with the problems on our hearts and if sleep does come it may very well be diluted by a dream (or even a nightmare) that relates to the problems. We awaken and the same old problems loom over the new day!
However when our minds are stayed on God and we fully trust Him to be interceding on our behalf problems will not dismay or overwhelm us, for dismay and trust simply cannot coexist. Certainly we’re tempted to be dismayed by our troubles, but the key to trust is to turn our mind to the Lord in prayer and stand on His promises.
Warren Wiersbe reminds us that “The peace of God is not the absence of problems; it is the presence of divine sufficiency in the midst of problems.” George Morrison said, “Peace is the possession of adequate resources” and those resources come from the Lord when you yield your heart and mind to Him.
Our trust is in the One who is a tested and tried stone, the Solid Rock; the One who is a sure foundation. He is ever trustworthy and ever faithful. Put your complete trust in Him today!
Like Frances Havergal in her song, “Like A River Glorious”, we must fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. If we are “stayed upon Jehovah” we will remain balanced even if the world around us sways.
Hearts are fully blest;
Finding, as He promised,
Perfect peace and rest.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, because we place our trust in You as our sovereign Lord we have an enduring peace that You are the Great Deliverer and that You work all things together for good to those who love You and are called according to Your purpose. We seek to glorify Jesus, our Solid Rock, who was put to the ultimate test and laid an unshakable foundation for our faith, as He remained true to His mission to provide our salvation. Our faith is strengthened and our peace perfected as we keep our minds stayed upon You, not only on the bright, cheerful days but on the dismal days when the cloud of discouragement would otherwise obscure the brightness of Your promise to keep us in perfect peace if we keep our minds stayed upon You. Amen.