A Meditation for Today
In the midst, maybe just the start of the pandemic that is sweeping the world I want to share with you a devotion I received from Chowan University. It comes from the book Trusting God, by Rev. Mari Wiles, Minister to the University & Associate Dean of Students. It is my prayer that you are comforted by it as I am.
Isaiah 35:4 "Tell fearful souls, "Courage! Take heart! God is here, right here, on his way to put things right and redress all wrongs. He's on his way! He'll save you!"
We find ourselves as a world and as individuals in a unique space. We haven't traveled this road before, so we can become afraid, anxious, and self-absorbed. These are all normal reactions to stress and fear. We can feel these things, but we must not stay planted in them.
While God seldom gives a detailed plan of what will happen next, he is always faithful to reveal God's self. God is ever-present with us. In scripture, we find "fear not" and "do not be afraid" 366 times. God is giving us a verse for each day (and even one for leap year) to remind us over and over to not lead with fear. Fear only makes us less than the person God desires us to be.
This day may we decide to be a people of faith and not fear. Faith will take us where fear cannot go. Faith will help us to see that God is in control. Faith will help us see ways to help our neighbors. Faith will show us ways to encourage each other. Faith will walk through dark times because Jesus is our Light to lighten the darkness. Fear and faith do not come from the same seed, which will you decide to grow in the coming weeks ahead.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things; nothing takes place without your knowledge. We humbly come before you recognizing our times of fear, and asking that you would strike it from us so that in faith, we will walk the walk before us. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen