It is during the darkest moments of our life that we must shift our focus to clearly see the light.
I thought of this today as my daughter shared an insightful truth with me.
My daughter battles anxiety at times. When driving, there are some long bridges over deep waters that cause her anxiety. She has prayed about this for months and I believe God is showing her ways to overcome it.
Recently, as we headed out of town, we came to a bridge that has in the past caused her anxiety. She drove over it without saying a word or even slowing down. When we arrived on the other side she said, “thirty-five seconds.” I just looked at her as she responded, “it takes thirty-five seconds to get across that bridge.”
She went on to explain that if she shifts her focus and concentrates on something else, the bridge does not cause her to be anxious.
Aha. This, you see, if a biblical truth. And an insightful perception.
Isaiah 26:3 says; You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
Peace comes only when our focus is on God and His word. We can’t focus on what is going wrong or lack or how someone has hurt us. We must focus only on God and His word. That is, if we are to remain in peace.
Many things will try to get our focus. Sickness will attempt to get our focus. Lack will demand our attention. Our jobs or ministry may require our focus. Yet, one truth remains. God will keep us in perfect peace as our mind is stayed upon Him.
Philippians 4:6 is another scripture that talks about where our focus needs to be. It says; “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”
When anxiety about a certain thing tries to overwhelm you, refuse to be anxious. Instead pray about your situation. When you are finished praying, thank God that He heard you and has answered your prayer. Then go a step further and thank Him for everything He has done for you.
Enter into thanksgiving! As you do, you will find, your mind is again on God and His word. Once your mind is back on God, peace will flood your mind and your heart.
It is when our heart is at peace that we are able to hear Gods voice. If we remain anxious, we are unable to hear God clearly. Oh! But when peace floods our soul. Then we can hear the voice of God. When we hear His voice, He will tell us what to do. For this reason alone, it is vital we keep our eyes and our thoughts on God.
Romans 4:19-21 says; And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.
Abraham refused to get his focus on his age or Sarah’s womb. He kept his focus on one thing. He focused only on what God had said. He was fully persuaded that God would do what He said He would do. He refused to give his attention to anything else.
This is what we must do in every situation that is contrary to God’s word. We must refuse to give it our attention. We must instead keep our focus entirely on God and His word.
It may mean more time in the word of God. It may mean more time in prayer. Whatever it means, do it. It will be time well spent.
God will keep you in perfect peace, regardless of what is going on around you, as you keep your focus on Him. If something else has your attention today, it is time to change your focus.
I encourage you today, no matter what is going on, no matter what it looks like, hold on to peace. Stay in peace. – K Potter