Isaiah 41: 10
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.
Written by: Alfred Burgess
In today’s world of always having the last word, we feel we need to have our say. Our children are seeing it daily and often that is our struggle as parents. So often God is saying silence…. listen to my Spirit. We wrestle with our freedom to be heard. God speaks of something far different.
In Isaiah 41:10 God says, “Do not fear and do not be afraid I am with you.” We tend to focus on just that point, but God continues in that chapter and tells his people to listen and be quiet. God’s strength, power, and plan for us is shown when we listen. God supplies His children with all we need for every situation. We call on him when we need peace, but He also desires us as we grow in our knowledge of His character. One of God’s most compelling characteristics is when He tells us something in scripture, He acts on it. We may choose not to believe, but He acts.
One example: In Psalm 116:5 David writes, “The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion.” We argue with God when things happen that we don’t agree with, but He is gentle in reminding us that He is compassionate and what you ask Him for isn’t necessarily what you need. God tell us no and we stomp our preverbal foot at Him. How foolish of us not to hold on the promises of the God of the universe.
Thought of the day: How often do you truly listen to the Spirit living inside you? Do you mentally argue with what God is telling you? This week use a mental image of a courtroom. You are not on trial, but God is the judge. What is He telling the court of your heart?
Prayer: God show me how to close my mouth and listen. Help me not to second guess what You tell me and not to argue with Your Spirit. Give me wisdom to be quiet and allow You to show me Your goodness and power. In Jesus’ name, which gives me strength. Amen.