Trusting God can be tough. And so often as we pray, our goal is to bend God to our will, rather than bending our will to his. We try to make him do what we want, rather than having a heart that says, “I trust in you. Your will be done in my life, as it is in heaven.”
And so when God doesn’t answer our prayers as we hoped, we get angry and upset, wondering if God really cares.
But Isaiah tells us,
You (the Lord) will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord is the Rock eternal. (3-4)
Him whose mind is steadfast. The King James says, “whose mind is stayed on Thee.” What does that mean? It means that when the winds of change blow through our lives, and trials come, and trials go, our faith in God never wavers. We continue to trust him. We continue to rely on him. We make him the rock that we build our lives on.
And it says that when we do this we’ll experience perfect peace. Literally in the Hebrew it says we’ll experience “Peace peace.” The repetition stresses that it’s not just a peace that is shallow and quickly blows away when trials come. But a peace that is deeply rooted within our hearts, that stands strong no matter what happens, and that permeates our hearts and minds.
The path of the righteous is level; O upright One, you make the way of the righteous smooth. (7)
In other words, when we put our trust in him, he will guide us and protect us. As Proverbs 3:6 puts it,
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
But for those who in their pride live their own way, Isaiah says,
He humbles those who dwell on high, he lays the lofty city low; he levels it to the ground and casts it down to the dust. (5)
That’s how Israel was for much of its history. Though God showed them grace, they continued in their wickedness until God humbled them and they cried out to him. And when they did, God restored them. How much better would our lives be if we would just trust God from the first?
So let us pursue God now. Make him the desire of our hearts above all else. Let our hearts be as Isaiah’s who said,
Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts. My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. (8-9)