“For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” Isaiah 41:13
Have you ever been going through a trial or a time of discouragement and just stretched out your hand to the Lord, asking Him for help and strength? I often form a mental picture of Him holding my right hand and guiding me through whatever is happening in my life.
One of our biggest enemies is fear. We tend to think of things that are looming up in our future and wondering how we are going to face them. But, if we could only remember, that the Lord is always there for us, holding our right hand and with His gentle voice telling us to fear not.
Recently when facing something that would be coming the next day, I went to my Devotional book, and read these words: “Do not be anxious concerning tomorrow. You shall encounter nothing of which I am not already aware. My mercy is concealed within every storm cloud. My grace flows beneath every circumstance.” (Come away My Beloved, Frances J. Roberts).
How wonderful to know that Jesus already knows what tomorrow will bring, and He has His plan in place to work all things together for our good.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we do not know what tomorrow holds, but we do know that you are holding our hand and telling us not to fear.
Devotion by Anne Johnston
The Bible says that Abraham was a man full of faith. On the surface it looks like he walked with God without the struggles I face in my life. But, if we dig a little deeper, we see a much different story. What about the time God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son? And God said,
“Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou anything unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou has not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.” (Genesis 22:12 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible).
When the faith test ended God said, “now I know.” In other words, Abraham proved just how much he trusted Him. God wasn’t sure how Abraham would react to His request. The tests you are facing will prove to God whether you trust Him or not.
Prayer: Lord, I know You are always faithful. I’m never alone in any situation. You are always with me. I want to be faithful and prove my faith by my actions.
We live in a world that is overflowing with people who feel like they should be given something for nothing; the word is “entitlement.” Being provided for without working is at the top of the “entitlement” list. This mindset has been around a long time. There was a mother in the Bible who felt like her boys should be given a seat next to Jesus. Matthew 20:24 reads,
“Then came to him the mother Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him. And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.”
They were disciples and helped Jesus out so why not ask for a favor, she thought. Be careful that you don’t come to worship God with your entitlement package in your purse. God doesn’t owe us anything and yet He loads us with benefits.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for being so good to me. I worship You with empty hands raised, and a heart full of thanksgiving for ALL you have done for me. Lord, I’m not asking for special seating in Heaven; I just want to be in Your Kingdom. Amen!