Would you like to shut off the news? Are you afraid of what is happening in the world? Do you feel small and helpless when you think of wars, nuclear catastrophes, terrorism, economic situation, and the future? In the middle of turmoils we need to be reminded that God has not forgotten us! Fear not! God has good news for us:
‘You’re my servant, serving on my side.
I’ve picked you. I haven’t dropped you.’
Don’t panic. I’m with you.
There’s no need to fear for I’m your God.
I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you.
I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.
(Isaiah 41: 9-10, MSG)
Just like the people of Israel living in exile felt like God had forgotten them we feel small and fearful. We are also surrounded by powers we can’t control. We are also surrounded by powers we can’t understand. We feel weak. We feel small. But we should not look at the world. We should look at God Almighty. We should not trust our feelings but God and the promises of God! He has never failed us and he never will.
“Do you feel like a lowly worm, Jacob?
Don’t be afraid.
Feel like a fragile insect, Israel?
I’ll help you.
I, God, want to reassure you.
The God who buys you back, The Holy of Israel.
I’m transforming you from worm to harrow,
from insect to iron.
As a sharp-toothed harrow you’ll smooth out the mountains,
turn those tough old hills into loamy soil.
You’ll open the rough ground to the weather,
to the blasts of sun and wind and rain.
But you’ll be confident and exuberant,
expansive in The Holy of Israel!
(Isaiah 41: 14-16, MSG)
God wants to assure that he has not forgotten us. God wants us to know that no matter what happens in the world he is with us. We are not to be afraid. God will help us. God knows us from inside out. He knows how we feel. He knows what is going on in the world. He knows what is going on in your life. He will never forsake us or leave us. He will be with us until the end of the world. He will be with us forever.
If God is with us who can be against us? We should not only feel secure and loved but exuberant! We should feel jubilant in the midst of everyday chaos! We should feel joyful in the midst of hardships! Because God is good, powerful and loving! Because God is amazing, faithful and kind! Because God is awesome, merciful and everlasting! Hallelujah!
So go forth today knowing that you are safe in God’s arms! Go forth today feeling jubilant because God is at your side! Go fort today celebrating God’s love for you!
Thank you for being all-powerful God Almighty!
We give you our fears & feelings of inadequacy!
Give us your peace & your confidence!
We praise you & we love you!
In you we are exuberant, jubilant & confidant!
There’s nothing to be afraid when you’re with us!
Thank you so much for everything!
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Do you feel like a worm? How do you get empowered to go on?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you claim your confidence in Jesus Christ! Be bold, be strong! God is with you wherever you go!
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