“Fear not, 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;”
Isaiah 43:1-2 (NIV)
It is easy to get overwhelmed with life’s struggles. We begin to worry and lose our focus. We become overwhelmed and reach out in inappropriate ways to relieve the stress we have built up in our mind. Anxiety and worry is like that. Even though the majority of what we worry about will never happen, we obsess on the negative and soon are out of control with fear. But God has a better way. Isaiah tells us to “fear not” because God has redeemed us and summoned us by name. We do not need to fear because God offers us a deep personal relationship with Him. He promises us that when we “pass through the waters,” He will be with us. Likewise, God told Joshua, “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So today when we start to worry, when we start to feel things are out of control, remember that God has not left you. He has not forsaken you. When you feel the pressures of the day build up stress and you are tempted to give up, remember He knows you by name, you are His. He has promised that when you go through difficulties, He will be with you.
Father, help me not to fear. Help me not to worry. Instead, help me to remember that You will never leave me or forsake me. Thank You that You know me by name and that no matter what I go through today, You will be with me.
TODAY’S VISUALIZATION & MEDITATION
I trust God with all my fears
Picture yourself in a turbulent storm. It is dark, windy, lightening strikes and fear starts to grip your heart. It is ominous, but then you see Jesus. He is walking toward you and says, “Fear not.” Even though it still storming, you sense a peace come over you. God’s word is powerful, His presence is real, His love secure. Take a deep breath and as you sense His presence, give Him all your fears.
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