Many of the psalms are songs that express the chaos of every day life, and the extremes of human emotion. Often moving from hope to despair, from turmoil to peace all within a few lines of verse. Psalm 46 starts with a powerful declaration of trust in God, which is an inspirational verse for many people. It is a verse that has brought comfort and strength through many painful and difficult times.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”Psalm 46:1
How to achieve peace of mind in daily life
The psalm goes on to describe cataclysmic events and it is truly in those times that we come to know God’s ever-present help. The psalm ends with these two commands to ‘be still’ and ‘to know’ that God, is God. Ultimately, we can find peace of mind in our day to day life, no matter how tumultuous, when we know that God is Sovereign. And the final word is a reminder, that a time will come when God will be exalted in the whole earth!
What does it mean then to ‘be still?’ Stillness, is an outer and an inner requirement. Sometimes we physically need to stop and take a break. To stop all our activity and sit, like Mary did, at the feet of Jesus and listen to His voice. To be able to listen to the Lord, however, we don’t always need to be physically still, but we do need to still our minds. I have been reading a book that focuses on that inner stillness, the peace of mind, that enables us to receive from the Lord.
“We too need to have a purposeful emptiness, a readiness to be filled. If we fill up on trivialities or anxieties, we won’t have room in our hearts for Him.”Elisabeth Elliot
Be Still My Soul – Reflections on Living the Christian Life by Elisabeth Elliot. Available from Amazon
This book, as it says, is a series of reflections, all bound together by the theme of ‘Be Still My Soul’. The chapters are broken down into clear sections. To receive the truth that is revealed, you need to meditate and dwell on a short section at a time. Through the book it explores many of the big themes of how ‘to know’ God more, and how we can find peace of mind in our day to day life.
Peace Comes in Accepting God’s Sovereignty.
Throughout the book a clear message of the acceptance of God’s sovereignty, shines through from the author. I found the truth expressed as powerful because of her testimony, which added validity to her words. The Sovereignty of God is not an abstract concept or theoretical idea, it is at the very heart of our daily living. We cannot accept it in part or choose which parts of our lives it affects. When we take a step of faith and believe in the mystery of the Sovereignty of God it impacts every area of our lives.
Acceptance is the first step towards peace
The life of Christ was one of obedience and submission to the Father’s will. Remember how Jesus taught us to pray to the Father: ‘thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.’ A phrase that may run off our tongues, but which is much harder to live out. We so often find ‘my will’ so much easier. We are, however, in a covenant relationship with God, by His grace. This means that we have a choice in how we respond, in any situation. We make the choice, and pray for the grace of God, to enable us to follow through. The book touches on six choices that lead to acceptance – all worth exploring more and reflecting on!
Submit in love
Jesus submitted to the Father’s will, out of love and trust, but also with an eternal perspective – ‘for the joy set before Him He endured the cross.’ We often need to change our position, and receive a fresh perspective of God’s love for us. As we do our priorities will start to change. When we hold lightly the visible, temporal things, the invisible and eternal become ever more precious.
To see the goodness of God in daily life
“The joy and sorrow we experience in the circumstances of our lives speak to us about the mysteries of God’s sovereignty that are only apprehended by a faith-filled acceptance of every incident.”E.Elliot
When we look out in faith, from that place of acceptance, we start to see God’s eternal power and divine nature, His invisible qualities. Pray that you will see more of the invisible, the majesty and sovereignty of God in His creation, in events that are unfolding, and in the lives of those people around you. God is the Master weaver, and when we look carefully, we can see the threads of how He works all things together for our eternal good.
With acceptance of God’s sovereignty comes an inner peace that has nothing to do with external circumstances. The peace of mind, that we all crave, is founded by walking in faith. We learn to trust God through prayer and meditation of His word and then follow through with, grace empowering obedience. Just one day at a time…
Be still and know
The hymn ‘Be Still My Soul’ was the inspiration for the book. Still yourself for a moment, and enjoy listening to the powerful truth of the words – God may whisper a fresh revelation of His love to you today!
In You I rest, in You I found my hope
In You I trust, You never let me go
I place my life within Your hands alone
Be still, my soul, Be still, my soul.
To read more about the life of Elisabeth Elliot visit https://elisabethelliott.org
“Hard times come for all in life, with no real explanation. Elisabeth Elliot was no stranger to suffering. Her first husband, Jim, was murdered by the Waoroni people in Ecuador moments after he arrived in hopes of sharing the gospel. Her second husband was lost to cancer. Why doesn’t God do something about suffering? He has, He did, He is, and He will.”
16 thoughts on “Peace of Mind in Daily Life”
Love Elisabeth Elliot and your thoughts here! I’ve been struggling with anxiety and not having a “still soul” so thank you for pointing me to God’s sovereignty and goodness!
Just last evening, my small group talked of trusting God and His sovereignty. We are studying Ecclesiastes that also speaks into the trusting God fully with all that is going on in your life, even when you don’t understand. It is a truth taught throughout the bible in many places making it so important to really grasp on to as we live out our life here. Thanks for all your insights brought forth here!
I love EE’ s thoughts on peace of soul–so gritty and yet gracious. Truly she was a warrior for the gospel and an inspiration to so many.
Thanks for inspiring me to try Elizabeth Elliot! This was the first book of hers that I’d read and from the very first line I knew I was going to get so much out of it.
I LOVE Elisabeth Elliot so much!! I never met her yet she has mentored me for years! I am reading the newest release about her life, Becoming Elisabeth Elliot. I love these precious thoughts and the call to be still…always a reminder I need!!
This was the first book of her’s that I have read! So will definitely be looking for more ????
Such a great post! Such good truth in acceptance is the beginning of peace, rooted in our acceptance of God’s Sovereignty. If He really is in control, what do we fear? Have always loved Elisabeth Elliot, great wisdom from a great lady. Thank you!!
Thank you Donna, glad you enjoyed it, the book really blessed and inspired me!
Elisabeth was one of my “mentors from afar.” I remember enjoying that book, but it’s been years since I read it. I always enjoy what she has to say, always so grounded in truth and experience.
Elisabeth Elliot always has such wise words! Every time I see one of her quotes I want to read more. I’ve just started reading Through Gates Of Splendour, which is the story of her husband’s journey to Ecuador, but this book sounds wonderful too!
This quote says so much: “Why doesn’t God do something about suffering? He has, He did, He is, and He will.” Amen!
EE – a giant of faith!
Thank you for this post. I suffer from anxiety and i love this reminder to Be Still and remember God’s sovereignty. I co-host the #FaithAndWorshipChristianWeekend link party and would love to have you join us. You can find the party over on my blog Grace for a Gypsy.
Thank you Sylvia, good to hear that it spoke to you. Will visit later!