“Thou dost keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee because he trusts in thee. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.” (Isaiah 26:3-4)
Advent is a time of expectation; without trust, there can be no expectation. Isaiah says anyone whose mind is stayed on God will be kept in perfect peace. This means that if you are not at peace right now, it is either you have not yet surrendered your affairs to God (your mind is not placed on God) or you do not trust in God’s ability to solve your problem.
If we celebrate Christmas, we celebrate the fact that God took our human nature and became flesh to showing to us the extent to which He is willing to go to solve our problems. If God could do this, why do we still struggle to trust Him completely? Bear this in mind; human beings will always disappoint you not necessarily because they want to but because they do not have the capacity to do the things that only God can do.
A lot of us claim to trust God but our actions betray this trust. Actions speak louder than words. If we trust God, our actions will show it. In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus told us: “It is not those who say ‘Lord, Lord’ who will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven.” If we trust God, we would obey Him.
While Isaiah uses the word “rock” in describing the unshakable nature of God, Jesus used the word “rock” to illustrate how unshakable we become when we obey His word. There is a correlation between trusting in God (the everlasting Rock) and having peace of mind (becoming like a Rock). As Jesus says, “everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on rock.”
To build on rock is to withstand the trials and difficulties of life; it is to remain unshaken no matter how bad things appear. To build on rock is to live above fear. Hence the Psalmist says: “In God alone be at rest my soul for my hope is in him.” (Psalm 62:1&5).
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, help me to trust in you and in nothing else. Amen.
St. Francis Xavier, pray for us.
Bible Study: Isaiah 26:1-6, Psalm 118:1-27 and Matthew 7:24-27).