Is peace a state of mind that comes naturally to you? Could you honestly say the words, “I feel completely at peace right now,” and truly feel it? In many ways, finding peace is a lost art. Your world may be filled with distractions and meaningless babble that capture your attention and warp your sense of reality. If you watch too much cable news, your perception might be that the world is one step away from disaster. Binge too many fantasy features and you might get a warped sense of how your relationships should look.
Or playing too much of the comparison game with your neighbors might make you feel inadequate. A sense of comfort can be difficult to come by if you are looking in all the wrong places. According to Scripture, there’s only one way for you to find and feel a sincere peace that fills your heart and spirit. That is via a mind that is unswervingly toward Christ—meaning you are in harmony with Him and rooted in His Word.
Put your trust in His promise; it’s a much more beautiful melody than the noise of the world.
The key to finding peace for SEVENS is to allow themselves to slow down and sit in the presence of God. They keep themselves moving to avoid painful feelings or memories that might come with slowing down. However, God desires to give them peace through a relationship with Him. But relationships take time to build, and trust has to be established. Understanding this allows them to be vulnerable.
Awareness for Sevens: As you spend time in the Word of God, your trust will grow and you will get a sense of peace. This week as you reflect on Isaiah 26:3, find a quiet place to spend some time meditating on this scripture. Allow yourself to sit in the presence of God and invite His peace into your mind. Write down the ways He has proven that He is trustworthy and that He cares for you.
For EIGHTS, finding peace in their lives will happen when they surrender to God. He is constantly pursuing them, knowing the peace they desire is found only in Him—not in their ability to take charge or control situations. Although they have the natural gift of leadership, their true peace and desire comes from seeking God in all they do and in all the ways they lead.
Awareness for Eights: Spend time in the Word of God to grow your trust in Him. This week as you meditate on Isaiah 26:3, allow yourself to trust that God is working behind the scenes on your behalf and that He is in full control. Write down the ways in which you have found peace in your mind as you have surrendered to His will and plan.
For NINES, finding peace will require them to speak up when they have something to say. As they lean into the Word of God and learn more about who they are in Christ, they will feel more confident to share more thoughts and share themselves with the world.
Awareness for Nines: This week as you meditate on Isaiah 26:3, recognize how renewing your mind with the word of God allows you to trust in God’s timing. You are able to feel confident that He has your best interest at heart. Write down several biblical truths about who Christ says you are. Reflect on these thoughts often since they will bring you peace.
Eve Annunziato is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who segued from news writing and reporting to ministry leadership roles at some of the fastest-growing churches in the country. A freelance producer and writer, she loves spending time at her farmhouse outside Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, Charlie Neese, and their two kids.
Jackie Brewster, a certified Enneagram coach, consults with teams and individuals, leading them toward finding the best version of themselves in their work and personal environments by identifying their unique personality type through the teachings of the Enneagram and biblical truth. Leaning on their many years of church ministry experience, Jackie and her husband, Stephen, own a consulting company while raising their four children in Franklin, Tennessee.
Adapted from Hearing God Speak: A 52-Week Interactive Enneagram Devotional. Copyright © 2021 by Eve Annunziato and Jackie Brewster. Used by permission of Ink & Willow, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.