Glory Seed Devotionals, 2015: Year of Promise
Our faith and God’s FAITHFULNESS…
“So don’t worry, because I am with you. Don’t be afraid, because I am your God. I will make you strong and will help you; I will support you with my right hand that saves you.” (Isaiah 41:10, NCV)
Why is it so hard to keep worry and fear from prying their way into my life? Have you ever asked yourself that question? I know I have asked myself it more times than I can remember. Yet at the same time there have been times when I’ve been through some pretty scary times when they’ve not even entered the scene, like the time I faced heart bypass surgery or the time I was told I had pulmonary fibrosis.
What gives, why is it so difficult for me to apply Isaiah 41:10 in every situation? What does it mean when worry and fear overpower my faith? Does it mean my faith is collapsing? The answer is YES, there are times when my faith does collapse and it needs to because it is not my faith alone I need to depend on but on the relationship between my faith and God’s FAITHFULNESS.
Isaiah 41:10 isn’t just about my faith it is about God’s FAITHFULNESS as well! It’s about counting on God when suddenly and unexpectedly I find myself “walking” in unfamiliar territory with darkness and the unknown settling in around me. It’s not necessarily about seeing an end to the storm but trusting God to accompany me and see me through the storms. When I was told I had pulmonary fibrosis and the resulting storms it would create later that day God told me not to worry his Grace and PEACE would see me through it. God does not lie!
During times when faith begins to collapse we find ourselves depending upon and appreciating the relationship of our faith to God’s FAITHFULNESS. Proverbs 3:5 provides us with valuable insight into the relationship of our faith to God’s FAITHFULNESS. “Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5, AMP)
Believe! Anticipate! Experience! Be transformed!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7, NLT)
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