Advent Day 5: Trust and Peace
"You will keep the mind that is
dependent on you
in perfect peace,
for it is trusting in you."
How does trusting bring peace? It seems important to first define trust. An interesting word in this passage is "dependent." We trust something or someone who is dependable, whom we can rely or count on.
Two qualities seem important, especially when it comes to trusting another person: greatness and goodness. And if I have to choose between these two, I am going to go with goodness. I can think of someone who is great or powerful but not good, and I do not want to count on that person. When all is said and done, I would say that someone is trustworthy if they have my back, if they are interested in what is better or best for me.
And so, if we can trust God, if we can really believe that He will do what is best for us, then we can be at peace, at ease, confident that we are ultimately going to be okay. Isaiah further notes that when we fix our mind on God and trust Him, we will experience "perfect peace"!
When the angels announce Jesus' birth to the shepherds, they speak of both peace and God's favor, saying,
"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people he favors!" (Luke 2:14).
Jesus is the evidence and incarnation of this favor! So, maybe as we prepare to celebrate the arrival of this "holy infant so tender and mild" we too can "sleep in heavenly peace."