Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Pushing through adversity”
Our Bible verse for today: “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (HCSB)
Our thought for today: “Rely on God”
The other day I went to the hospital (ICU) to visit a young lady who is deathly ill. I think she is going to live but if so, she is going to have a long recovery. She is very, very sick. Her parents where there with her and we spent some time talking and visiting. Then I asked the young lady if I could share a passage of Scripture with her before we prayed together. I told her that she should hear this Bible verse as a promise to her from God. Then I read Isaiah 41:10.
She listened intently and I noticed her eyes get big. Then, with great effort and in a weak voice, she asked me to read it again slowly. I did. Then she asked me to read it again. After the third time reading the promise we prayed. I claimed this promise for her in the name of Jesus and I could see the peace on her face when we were through.
That scene reminded me of the power of the promises of God and the peace and reassurance His promises bring. That’s true of God’s promises in general and of this one in particular. Also, her sense of wonder, and her desire to hear the promise three times, caused me to realize that I had become a little numb to it and was perhaps even taking it for granted. I’ve read that promise probably hundreds of times. I share it all the time with people facing all sorts of adversity and difficult problems. I know from experience (my own and that of others) that it is a powerful promise and that God does in fact calm our fears, strengthen us for the challenges, help us, and hold us up through the adversity.
But seeing the impact the promise had on her (evidently hearing it for the first time), I was reminded yet again of what a great and compassionate God we have. His promises are true and they are a source of great comfort and help. He is there for us, He does help us, and He does get us through the difficult times of life.
I don’t know what it is that you might be dealing with today, but God knows, and He will be there for you in the middle of it. I encourage you to read Isaiah 41:10 again – slowly. Think about it. Claim it. Pray it back to God. And then thank Him for the truth of it.