It’s true: He will keep in perfect peace all who trust in Him. In other words, trusting in the Lord leads to peace. Every time. A common prayer for me in recent years has been, “God, I choose to trust You. And I refuse to be afraid.”
So, why can we trust God?
I had to wrestle with that one to get to the point of praying the prayer. I think about it this way: Fear and faith are the same “muscle.” The same brain-space dominating us when we are afraid can be used to exert faith instead. Both fear and faith are a settled belief that something is true. I’ve had the opportunity to share this truth many times: Fear expects and believes the worst will happen. Faith hopes and believes the best. The true distinction between the two is way down deep at the root-level. We have to ask about both fear and faith, “Is my belief, my settled conviction, planted in the soil of truth or lies?”
Spiritually, it’s critical to discern the nature of the soil in which we’re growing. Fear sprouts from roots in soil made toxic by lies like: God is distant. God doesn’t care. God can’t do anything about this. God is too busy for me. God is mean. God is a bully.
But faith springs to life from soil that is fortified by truths like these: God loves me. God likes me. God cares about everything that happens to me. God can and will make a difference. God is able to see me through this difficulty. God never abandons me.
As we set our thoughts, our hearts, and our trust in God and the truth of His power and love on our behalf, we can rest in the deep peace of our good Father’s—Jehovah Shalom’s—strong arms.
What you believe about God matters in a big way. Do you trust Him? He wants to grow that trust, not test the limits of your ability to gut it out and pretend to believe He is for you. Talk with Him about that today.