Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.–Isaiah 26:3
We all long for trouble free lives, but the dream never comes true. Life sometimes feels more like a nightmare. Trusting God doesn’t exempt us from pain and problems, but it does equip us to deal with them. We live in frail bodies of flesh and bone so we are going to suffer. We live in a fallen world, so we will meet with opposition and injustice. We face a strong and cunning adversary, so we will have adversities. That’s life on planet earth.
So– trust in God won’t exempt us from troubles and trials
— believing God won’t remove all the burdens
— confidence in God won’t prevent conflicts
— hope in God won’t keep us from getting hurt
— relying upon God won’t bring relief
But– trust in God will lead to triumph
— believing God will bring blessings
— confidence in God will give courage and comfort
— hope in God will provide help
— reliance upon God will give us rest
If our “mind is stayed on” Him! That is the condition and those are the consequences — regardless of circumstances. The choice is yours.