Got peace? Why not? Let's face it. Peace can be elusive sometimes. Let's see if we can find out why. What advice does Isaiah 26:3 have to give us?

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Got peace? Why not?

Let’s face it. Peace can be elusive sometimes. Maybe it’s because of our stage of life. Maybe it’s because of our circumstances. Maybe it’s because of other people. You fill in the blank.

Let’s see what the Bible says.

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

Yikes. Maybe it’s because our mind isn’t stayed on Him.

What does “stayed” on Him mean exactly?

We want to make sure we get this right, since we definitely want this perfect peace, right?

Here are a few other Bible versions of that verse to help us get a handle on the meaning …

NASB: The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You.

CSB: You will keep the mind that is dependent on you in perfect peace, for it is trusting in you.

NLT: You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

Got peace? Why not? Why is peace so elusive? Let's see if we can find out. What advice does Isaiah 26:3 have to give us?
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Let’s do a quick word study to learn even more. You know how much I like word studies! {grin}

The “stayed on you” phrase is Stong’s #5564 which means to lean, lay, rest, support, uphold, lean upon.

The word “mind” is Stong’s #3336 which means purpose, imagination, intellectual framework.


Did that stand out to you too?

So the one He keeps in perfect peace is: the one whose whole purpose is leaning upon Him.


Sometimes our English translation doesn’t quite convey the intensity.

But you’ll be happy to know that the phrase “perfect peace” is Stong’s #7965, and it means just that – complete peace.

That’s what we need!

Side note: Read How to Do a Word Study the No Sweat Way

So, in your experience, do you find Isaiah 26:3 to be true?

When you are more focused on God and His Word, are you more at peace?

But asking that question makes me think of one of my favorite quotes. If you’ve been around here a while, you’ve seen me quote it before. But it’s worth repeating.

In the Bible study Experiencing God (which is one of those I recommend doing again and again every few years – it’s that good), Henry T. Blackaby says …

"Base your understanding of God on Scripture, not on experience." -Henry Blackaby

So I take that question back!

Instead of basing our understanding of Who gives peace on experience, let’s base it on more Scripture.

John 16:33 (NLT): I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

Psalm 29:11 (CSB): The Lord gives his people strength; the Lord blesses his people with peace.

Psalm 119:165 (ESV): Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.

Romans 8:6 (ESV): For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

The Bible is not elusive about how to get peace.

It spells it out in more than one verse.

The Lord keeps in perfect peace the mind that is stayed on Him.

Cynthia Heald says in her Bible study, Becoming a Woman of Simplicity, “It is in steadfastly fixing your thoughts on God and trusting and abandoning yourself to the Lord that you will be kept in perfect peace. How incredibly gracious of God to bless you with His deep, abiding peace. The peace imparted by the Lord is peace that takes away the strain and stress. Jesus has overcome the world and He calms the storms. All He asks is our trust and our time to hear His voice.”

Our trust and our time.

It’s simple, really.

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