Beware of a Fraudulent Agent

Isaiah 26:3
“You keep him in perfect peace
 whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.”
ESV

                Every person has a price they’re willing to pay for peace.  Many times it can be the wrong price paid in the wrong place, yielding disastrous results.  I’ll never forget when a friend had a rental property burn down.  He filed his claim with the insurance company, but found the agent committed fraud by pocketing the cash and never purchasing the home owners policy.  My friend lost the entire investment.   

               God makes the equation on peace so simple that a busy mind is quick to miss it:  “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you…”  That means that his/her thoughts are fixed and focused on God.  How does a person go about fixing and focusing their thoughts on God?  The book of Isaiah says, “…because he trusts in you.”  So thoughts, especially the ones that have deep grooves, big trenches, and large highways through our mind are forged, funneled, and built by what we perceive to be deemed most worthy of our trust.

               This is a good time to think about your thoughts.  Some of our thought patterns might be built on misplaced trust like my friend had in that fraudulent agent.  If you don’t have peace, start by asking yourself, “What do I really trust in?”  It’s easy to misplace our trust in the fraudulent agent of our flesh, Satan, or the world.  If life is flooded by worrying about money, health, and stuff, it’s because of putting too much trust in those things, which in turn is fueling an unhealthy focus of the mind.

               Do you want perfect peace in your life?  The price you must pay for perfect peace is trust in God.  Start by asking God to help you trust him in the areas that you have an especially hard time surrendering.                     

By Aaron F. Jeffers

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