Our Bible verse for today: “Now this is what the Lord says – the One who created you, Jacob, and the one who formed you, Israel – “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine. I will be with you when you pass through the waters, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. You will not be scorched when you walk through the fire, and the flame will not burn you. For I am the Lord your God … Do not fear, for I am with you …” Isaiah 43:1-3;5 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Make sure you have greater faith in the power and love and protection of God than in the trial you are facing.”
This morning I want us to return to the important truth the Apostle John taught in 1 John 4:18 that there is no fear in love, because perfect love drives out fear. That’s exactly the truth that God was communicating to the nation of Israel (and to us) through the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 43:1-3;5. This is a beautiful expression of God’s love and watch-care over us. His love for us is perfect and without end. He also has absolute power over all the affairs of our lives. Therefore, the perfect love of God, along with the absolute power of God, is more than sufficient to bring us through whatever trial or challenge we’re facing.
The problem for us is that we often give more credibility to our trials and challenges than we do to the love, power, and protection of God. Now of course we would never actually say that. We would claim that our trust is in God not in our circumstances. But in actual practice, in the way that we think, in the decisions we make and in the actions we take, we show that we have more faith in the power of our problems than in the power of our God.
If I fear the storm I’m facing, then my faith is in the power of the storm. However, if I really do trust God, and if I truly believe that He is good and that His love for me is perfect and complete and without limit, then I will be at peace in this storm and in all storms.
In Mark 9:14-29 we read about a father with a son who was terribly afflicted by a demon. The father begged Jesus to deliver the boy from the demon and to heal him of the resulting physical problems. The man said to Jesus, “If you can do anything please help him.” Jesus replied, “If you can? Everything is possible for the one who believes.” The father then cried out, “I do believe; help my unbelief!”
Maybe that describes you. Perhaps you want to trust in the Lord to get you through this trial but you’re struggling with doubts and fears and weak faith. I encourage you admit your struggles to God. Talk to Him about it. He already knows anyway. Like the man in the scene with Jesus ask Him to help you; ask Him to strengthen your faith.
His love for you is far beyond what you can imagine and He is greater than whatever it is you’re dealing with. He will help you. Trust Him.