Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”
Maintaining personal peace involves both the heart and the mind. Why do thoughts matter? Because what we think about ultimately affects what we do.
Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (NKJV)
It is therefore important to guard your mind – to protect it. Think about what you’re going to watch or what you’re going to download and listen to. Ask yourself whether what you’re going to do will build you up or tear you down spiritually, because ultimately it will affect your actions.
The apostle Paul wrote this to the believers in Philippi:
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”
We need to think about godly things more, and we need to think biblically. Replace thoughts of anxiety, worry, and panic with godly thoughts. And turn your panic into prayer. Pray for little things and big things. Pray for everything.
Philippians 4:6–7 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
The rain falls on both the just and the unjust (see Matthew 5:45). Everyone has trouble in life. Nonbelievers experience tragedies, and Christians experience tragedies as well. At such times, your thoughts will be like a rudder which steers a mighty ship. So, fill your mind with the Word of God, and it will be there to strengthen you in your time of need.