Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch Christian during World War II. She and her family hid Jews from the Nazis and were eventually sent to death camps, where her sister and father both died. But through that horrible time, she discovered the secret of living with a mind that was at peace. She said it like this: “If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. But if you look at Christ, you’ll be at rest.”
When you live in addiction or betrayal, peace can be as elusive as a rainbow. You know it’s out there, but you just can’t seem to grasp it.
Actually, you can. We have this promise: “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you” (Isaiah 26:3).
Isaiah is saying that peace is a choice, dependent not on our circumstances, but on what we choose to do with our minds. Here’s a simple formula:
- Focus on your problems = no peace
- Focus on your Savior = know peace
Recovery Step: Focus your thoughts on the things of God in order that you might have peace.