You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” Isa. 26:3; “Take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Cor. 10:5

Lord Jesus, you haven’t promised us a storm-less, hassle-free, disappointment-void life. But you do give something far greater than the paralyzing power of anxiety, fear, and shame. You promise to keep us in perfect peace in the midst of anything and everything.

Hallelujah, for the promise of being “kept.” Sometime the passive voice of a verb brings the most active comfort we can experience. Nothing or no one can take us from your hand or heart.

But your promise is even greater. You promise to keep us in perfect peace—not semi, partial, or wanna-be peace. You give us a peace that passes, surpasses, and even by-passes all understanding (Phil. 4:7).

All we have to do is mine the riches of the Gospel, and keep in mind the wonders of your love. That’s like saying, if we’re physically thirsty all we have to do is drink water; or spiritually thirsty, drink the living water which you freely give us.

Indeed, all we have to do is choose the truth, goodness, and beauty of your Word… over not-so-social-media, anti-grace thinking, shame’s immobilizing voice, the devil’s multiple lies, old regret-tapes, new comparisons and criticisms… and the list goes on.

Jesus, by your grace and Spirit, we choose to bring our thinking-life into grace-obedience, Gospel-sanity, and peace-fueling freedom. Yea, verily, thank you, and Amen.