“Pray for me mom at 7:00AM your time” was the text I read at 6:00 when I got to the place I sit every morning to meet with Jesus. My son was in New Jersey being certified for his new job. Of course, it was just like God to place a penny on the floor of his hotel room as a reminder for him to trust God for this!
All through their lives my kids asked me to pray for them for several reasons, especially before tests. My advice would be the same, “Pray and ask God to help your mind absorb all that you need to know for the test. Ask Him to direct your studies and move you in the direction that He already knows the test will go. When you sit down to take the test ask Him for total recall of what you studied. He is faithful but you have to do your due diligence and study!” If they tried to take the test without even cracking a book they would fail.
His request brought to mind Isaiah 26:3-4 and I am still meditating on those verses. Has that ever happened to you? Verses flood in to your mind and you keep chewing on them over and over until they are ingrained in to your being? The Lord kept reminding me throughout the day to remain steadfast and stayed. Little did I know that several roadblocks would come up and those verses would be my lifeblood. The verses say, “The steadfast of mind Thou wilt keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in Thee. Trust in the Lord forever, for in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.” (NASB) I really like the “Thee” and “Thou” of my New American Standard Bible. That is because I am old school and was brought up on the good old King James version of the Bible! The Message says it this way “People with their minds set on You, You keep completely whole, steady on their feet because they keep at it and don’t quit. Depend on God and keep at it because in God you have a sure thing.” Man oh man is that GOOD NEWS!! We have a sure thing. If people could just realize that! We have someone who is on our side and will never let us down, ever!
Daily I read Hannah Hurnard’s Hinds Feet On High Places, an allegory with a devotional on each page. That book changed my life in 2011. Each day I date the page, read, journal and apply what God has for me. Today it asked the question “If Jesus was suddenly removed from your life, what would be different? Think before you answer.” Wow, what a question! Yesterday the Lord had me meditating on being steadfast of mind and today asking me to read a question like that! Pondering it, I knew just how my life would look but would I agree with the writer when she said, “Can you say with Much-Afraid (the heroine in the story), “My Lord, if You deceive me, You may. It can make no difference. I must love You as long as I continue to exist. I cannot live without loving You.” Hmmm….heavy insight.
Curious as to the exact meaning of “steadfast” I went to trusty Webster’s for clarity. The definition was “resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering”. Am I unwavering in my faith that God is Sovereign when 2 of my dear friends have husbands on their death beds and one of them is a mere 40 years old, my brother is grieving over the loss of his 18 year old son tragically killed, my daughter & family finally settled in a new state only to get a 60 day notice to move, a friend has been living with us for 2 years during the week and goes home on weekends to be with her husband because you have to do what you have to do (she will be with us 2 more years – I so admire her fortitude and love her company), another girlfriend, recently widowed, has heavy decisions to make,my husband’s precarious health? The answer is a resounding YES because, keeping my mind firm on Christ, knowing His Word is truth, He has never failed me ever, His promises are true, He provides my every need, He knows the future and works all things together for good for us because we love Him and we are called according to His purpose, how could I not be steadfast? Shaky a little from time to time, waivering if my mind wanders, but steadfast none the less. Precious ones when we know God’s word and apply it to our lives we have “studied for the test”.
I kept thinking of Romans 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (NASB) Renewing my mind. Daily our minds are FLOODED with so much “stuff”. If not for this carved out time each morning with Jesus my mind would be mush. Staying steadfast and stayed in my mind, focusing literally on WWJD (what would Jesus do?) is sometimes a minute by minute venture. How would anyone know what Jesus would do if they don’t know Jesus and His word? When I would see those bracelets on teenager’s wrists I wanted to ask, “how do you know what Jesus would do?”.
My son aced the certification. He has always been a good student. He did his due diligence and studied to pass the test. His mind was “stayed” on the information he needed to know inspite of his nerves. Making our way through this life without going absolutely Looney Tunes is impossible without keeping our minds steadfast in God’s perfect peace. Just look at the circus our country is in right now. Sheesh! Do not fear, God has got this too. Remember, in Him we have an everlasting Rock.