I woke up suddenly recently, in the middle of the night with a phrase ringing in my mind and heart. It repeated over and over, and I couldn’t shake it…
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you…”taken out of Isaiah 26:3 ESV
Over and over and over it played on repeat.
What was I to take from this? I heard the words and message, but what was it’s meaning? Who was it for? After some deep processing, and deeper study, I have something to share with YOU, and your peace depends on it.
There are more than a few ways that our personal peace is being ripped off. We are bombarded by so many issues, needs and concerns that our mental peace is often in a fragile state. No matter the age or station in life, mental health issues are exploding off the charts as men, women and children are trying to cope and find peace in these times.
Triggers, safe zones, microaggressions, and mental health days are abounding, while personal peace is disappearing and being able to find it is becoming less likely as we look to fill our gas tank, buy groceries, pay bills or enjoy life.
Here’s the deal, remember that phrase I woke up to? In it we find what our peace is dependent on. Your peace, my peace is dependent on what we keep our mind focused on. Here’ another way of saying it…
Perfect, absolute peace surrounds those whose imaginations are consumed with you.”Isaiah 26:3, The Passion Translation
Your peace is dependent on what your imagination is consumed with. Seriously. What is your mind and imagination consumed with?
- what ifs
- worst case senarios
When these things consume our thinking we find ourselves imagining the worst, worrying about what might or could happen. We are consumed with the negative and our imagination builds a framework of action based on those negatives.
“YESER” is the Hebrew word in Isaiah 26;3 for mind. It literally means,
conception, form, framing, purpose, imagination.” The lexicon goes on to say, “to lean, lay, rest or support.”Strongs condordance H3336
Stay with me here because what this is telling us is – what we consume our thinking with becomes the fertile bed in which new ideas are formed and purpose is bred. The mind or imagination that leans, lays or rests (on God) for support will find perfect peace permeating their thoughts, words and actions.
In fact, it is from our imagination, that our reality is built. It is our imagination that forms and frames our reality.
Think about that. Our imagination is the God given ability we have to form mental images of things not present. Our imagination is the power we have to go beyond our senses to things never before perceived. Our imagination is our creative ability. It is our ability to confront and deal with a problem. It is evidence of a thinking or active mind.
Psychologists agree that there is a strong connection between the mind and the body, even though they do not completely understand it. They also agree that imagination allows a person to make creative connections and inferences. There are entire lists of ways in which your imagination is vitally important to you. Again, I would say, your peace depends on your imagination, on what you are imagining.
In the nine times that imagination is mentioned in the bible, you will find these things said about man’s imagination:
- Genesis 6:5 – every imagination of man’s heart was evil, all the time
- Genesis 8:21 – man’s imagination is evil from youth
- Deuteronomy 31:21 – (God says) I know what they are inclined to do
- 1 Chronicles 28:9 – serve Him with your whole heart & willing mind (imagination) He understands every thought and plan
- Psalm 103:14 – He knows our frame (imagination)
I find it staggering the evil proclivity that lies within our imagination. And here we think that we’re not so bad. Sure, when we look at “those people” they are evil, but certainly not me. Oh Lord, help us.
My peace, your peace depends on what our imagination is consumed with. AND, without it being governed or ruled by the Holy Spirit, we are leaning on that seedbed of evil concoctions that have sprouted from worry, fear, doubt, and what ifs.
Colossians 3:15 tells us we must allow the peace of God to rule in our heart and mind.
Romans 8:6 reminds us that the mind that is governed by the Spirit is life and peace.
Even our opening verse, Isaiah 26:3, that repeating phrase I woke up with, “you keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You.”
Peace only comes from choosing to keep our imagination stayed on God’s goodness, peace, mercy, grace, and power. When my mind and imagination is “stayed” or leaning on and taking hold of His Word and promises, only then, do I find personal peace.
If the negative in my mind and imagination can be a seedbed for framing my negative reality, how much more, when the Word of God, faith, trust, hope, peace of God, is consuming my thoughts and mind will my reality be shaped and tailored by God’s truth.
When the Spirit governs my thoughts and consumes my imaginations, then the peace of God can rule in my heart and life. Being consumed with anything else is what wars against our peace.
I love that God’s intended purpose for our imaginations is for us to dream and think BIG. Dream and think creatively, freely, positively, faith-filled creations. Why? Cuz He wants to top what we consider our biggest imagined reality. Check it out:
He is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, acording to His power at work within us…”Ephesians 3:20 ESV
God’s reality for us is so much better than what we are walking in. And He has given us the key to creating His reality in our lives. Let your mind race with imaginations of God’s Word, His power, His grace, His possibilities and see if you haven’t created a new reality for yourself. THEN, watch God top that. Watch Him eclipse your biggest expectation. Watch Him outdo you. Cuz He’s the Creator, after all.
Your peace depends on what your imaginations are consumed with. Only you can do that self-check. But please do.
Your peace depends on it.