You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you.
Isaiah 7-8 records an amazing word which YWH gives to Isaiah and the faithful. Two nations were preparing for war against Judah. They were coming. Fear was in the air, doubt, and distress were rampant. This coming catastrophe highlighted the sources of salvation, to which people looked. Some looked to the necromancers. Some looked to foreign governments. Those who did found out the hard way that that no salvation was to be found here.
In chapters 7 and 8 the Lord describes the psychological state of two groups of people: those who trust YWH and those who do not. Those who trust him are in a state of peace. They are confident, they are firm, they literally experience the sanctuary of God. Those who do not believe are characterized by fear, distress, worry, and madness. They placed trust in things which proved unreliable. Then, when urged to trust God they respond in ridicule and anger! In the end, they have nowhere to turn and are ultimately released into a life of darkness, isolation from God and isolation from hope.
In chapter 36 of Isaiah we see the entire nation practice trust in YWH when Assyria came to besiege Jerusalem. The words of the king of Assyria were specifically designed to plant doubt in the minds of God’s people. He urged them to not trust God. He pointed to all the cities he had just destroyed as evidence of the futility of faith in God. Hezekiah, under the onslaught of this scoffing and ridicule approached the Lord and appealed for help. Help came! The Lord killed off the entire Assyrian army, 185,000 strong!
In assimilating this revelation to our souls let’s note two things. First, trust in Christ literally results in a mind that is at peace. This is not theoretical or intellectual. Trust in Christ literally translates to a mind that is at rest. Second, trust in Christ literally influences outcomes. The Lord fights for those who wait for him (Isa. 64:4). Christ will come through for you.
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