WEEKLY DEVOTION – AUGUST 24, 2020
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
If you live long enough you will face life’s difficulty, problems, and trouble. No positive thinking, no form of Christian positivistic faith, can erase the reality of trouble or the times when we are disillusioned.
When our high hopes are battered and broken, when our dreams, like clouds, have vanished into thin air, and when there comes a season of crisis, chaos, or confusion, we need the assurance that we are not alone. When like the disciples of old, we have the experience of building our life’s expectations in the sunlight of Galilea, where crowds applauded us, miracles occur and the multitudes have been fed, and then out of the blue we face Gethsemane’s shadow, Golgotha’s sorrow, and the garden’s silent tomb, the prophet’s word becomes a refuge and then we find in the midst of these experiences, a triumphant faith emerging that changes the course of history and brings undying hope to the multitudes. The appearance and resurrection of Jesus Christ confirms the notion that we are not alone, and that God is with us in the shadows and in the light.
The Isaiah passage challenges us to fear not, because God is with us. When the contemporary scene seems disheartening our faith reminds us that God is faithful, and we are not alone.
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. – Isaiah 43:1-2
Dear Lord, in times of crisis, chaos, and confusion, help me lean on your word and your promise to be with me and please give me the peace of knowing that I am not alone. Amen
Dumas Alexander Harshaw, Jr.