Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 25, 2015
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Fear is a persistent foe. I am unable to live 100% fear free. I can rest in the Lord’s reassurance one minute and the next minute fear making payroll. Friends I love depend on the Lord and on their paycheck to take care of their family. God’s peace floods my soul during an uplifting worship service on Sunday, but Monday morning I can wake up worried about a circumstance or person out of my control. How can I move more toward a life of faith—than a life riddled with fear? Trust in the Lord is the short answer. Here are three reasons why we need not be fearful:
God’s Got It—Whatever It Is
What does it mean…God’s got it? God’s got it means we don’t have to bear our burdens alone. As Jesus aptly describes—because we are yoked with Him we can find rest for our souls. God’s got our health issues, so we can rest in His wellness. God’s got our financial challenges, so we can look to His abundant provision. God’s got a rogue relationship, so we can trust Him with their protection. God’s got our family, finances, career, health and the moral deterioration of our culture. Since the Lord is in control, we can let go of our control in confidence. God’s got it!
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).
The Holy Spirit is at Work
The Holy Spirit is at work where we are not. In the same way God’s Spirit was brooding over an unseen creation, so He is still at work creating something out of nothing. So, as we pray for lost souls to be saved, the Holy Spirit is at work softening sinful hearts and drawing the unsaved unto Himself. As we wait on the Lord, the Holy Spirit is at work lubricating the door hinges of opportunity to swing open in His timing. We may not like an authority’s decision, but we know the Spirit is at work to reveal His truth. We dismiss fearfulness—trusting God’s Spirit is at work.
“The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it whichever way He wishes” (Proverbs 21:1, Amplified Bible).
Jesus is a Faithful Friend
When we feel alone and misunderstood we have a faithful friend in Jesus. He sticks closest to us when we are emotionally far away from others. When we experience loss—Jesus is there to weep with us, comfort us and give us hope through the grieving process. When we are forsaken by a friend—Jesus walks with us in acceptance as we bear our cross of rejection. When we don’t feel loved—Jesus loves us with empathy and understanding. Best friends have an uncanny way of initiating interest and intimacy during our struggles. Jesus is always with us to calm our fears.
“The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15).
Prayer: Heavenly Father by faith I rest in You and rely on You for guidance and courage.
Application: What do I need to give to God trusting Him with the outcome?
Related Readings: 1 Corinthians 16:10; Hebrews 11:27; 1 Peter 3:6, 14; 1 John 4:18
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