You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:3-4
Fear shows up at the most inconvenient times. Like the winds of a tornado, it swirls through our hearts destroying the places where calm dwells. Fear usually comes with a partner--a call from the doctor with a report of bad news, an appointment with our supervisor who may be telling us that the company is downsizing, the upheaval of the stock market playing havoc with what we thought would be our retirement, a child out late who was supposed to have been home an hour ago.
But our passage today reminds us that fear can be dulled, even driven away, when we keep our mind on the Lord, rather than our circumstances. This focus results in "perfect peace," a deep settled calmness. Why? Because the mind centered on God trusts Him. Life still happens. But in the midst of our storms He is the immovable Anchor. And we can trust in Him forever. He is the "Rock eternal."
I don't know what you are going through today. But God does. If you are reading this with a fearful heart, He is inviting you to trust Him even as the winds of fear howl around you. He is inviting you to a place of rest and peace. The following prayer is for you. Use it as a guide, make it your own, and trust in the eternal Rock.
Dear Father, I am fearful. (Name the circumstance) is causing anxiety to fill my heart. I am scared of what may happen or what may not happen. Please help me let go of the fear and turn it over to You. Please fill my heart with the perfect peace that You promise. Help me keep my mind focused on You. You are the eternal Rock. I cling to You as the anchor for my fearful soul. In Jesus' name. Amen.