May 24, 2017
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3
The 60’s were a time of much change. Songs and demonstrations about revolution were common. Today, political revolutions are still called for from both sides. Some produce positive changes, while others result only in death and destruction. There is another revolution, often called “revival”—when the Spirit of God stirs the hearts of a nation for good. Revolutions can be a welcome change to correct systemic abuses by arousing people from complacency.
What kind of revolution we get depends on what or whom we revolve around. In our solar system, the planets orbit in an orderly and predictable fashion. On Earth, because the sun’s gravitational pull is pretty constant, we get a stable life-sustaining climate. Were we to leave this orbit and somehow start encircling a distant star that was too hot or too cold, we could not survive. That would be a destructive “revolution” indeed.
Likewise, if we revolve around influences that do not sustain life, we would experience much harm. History is littered with destructive revolutions that have revolved around false gods. Men have sought to change the world (in their mind, for the better) by making themselves, their philosophy, ideology, money, security, or power be the “sun” around which their every movement orbits. But when we human beings seek to make those things the center of the universe, the revolutions create chaos and disruption, not peace and good will.
Isaiah spoke of one who finds perfect peace by staying his mind on God. When our lives revolve around the One who gives, preserves, redeems, and sanctifies all life–the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, we will have the revolution that brings peace, stability, grace, love, and all that we need to sustain both physical and spiritual life. As we need to orbit the Sun for physical life, we need to revolve around the Son, Jesus Christ, to have spiritual and eternal life. To experience a good revolution in your life, it matters around what or whom your life revolves.