Maybe this hasn’t been the greatest week for you. Maybe a family has left the church (deciding to go to the mega-church down the street), or four people told you they’ve changed their minds about working in children’s ministry this fall or a young girl in youth group has been diagnosed with leukemia. Whatever it is, you’re not feeling particulaly peaceful right now.
Here’s a great verse:Isaiah 26:3 – You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
I like that verse – but a thought went through my mind. What is perfect peace? Can you really have imperfect peace? I mean would you really have peace if peace isn’t perfect?
I got out the Hebrew interlinear Bible and looked up the word peace. My discovery was surprising. The word translated “perfect” is the exact same Hebrew word as the one translated “peace.” The verse literally says ” You will keep him in peace peace him whose mind is steadfast …”
Now I was curious, what did “steadfast” mean?” The Hebrew concept in that verse is “propped up.”
Remember back when people actually hung their clothes on a line in the backyard? Moms would put a “prop” pole in the middle of the line to hold it up. Steel beams built into the foundations of buildings prop up the floors above. I physically prop up my head by leaning my chin on my hand.
Think about it. So often when we’re discouraged or sad or overwhelmed, we put our head down. But God is there and we can lean on Him. He is literally propping up our minds. He is spiritually propping up our heads. It’s almost as if God is saying, “Chin up.”
So, if you’re feeling the day-after-Sunday, Monday-morning-blues, remember that God promises to prop up your mind and give you peace.
Rest in Him.