Read: Isaiah 43:1-5
MEMORISE: For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, “Fear not, I will help you” (Isaiah 41:13).
The biblical truth that is very hard to believe for many people is that God is still with His own people when they are passing through trials in life. We are made to understand this truth as God Himself speaks through His prophet, Isaiah: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you (Isa. 43:2).
When God is silent in a person’s situations, it seems He has forgotten that person. When God is silent, situation appears as if the enemy has prevailed. When God is silent, the devil himself thinks that he has won the battle against God and His people. When God is silent, one may think that He has already lost control into the hands of the wicked. When God is silent, it seems as if He is weak or inactive. But the truth of the matter is that, God has plans to be with you whatever situation you pass through, in order to neutralise the power of the evil one. God who decided not to react when the three Hebrew boys were bound and thrown in the burning furnace, appeared quickly as they landed in the fire (Dan. 3:24-25).
What of Daniel? God reacted not when his enemies were planning to throw him into the den of lions. Nevertheless, He is already there to padlock the lions’ mouths before Daniel got there (Dan. 6:20-22). Daniel and three Hebrew boys did not disappoint God, when the going was tough for them. Their reactions to the challenges they went through challenged God to intervene to the seeming critical situations. What you pass through is not as important to God as how you react to it. How do you normally react when the going is tough for you?
God has promised to be with His own children, till the end of the age (Matt. 28:28). The good news is that He is with you, no matter what you are passing through now. When God is with you, no one can be against you (Jer. 20:11; Rom. 8:37). Therefore, you are not alone. Do not allow what you pass through to weigh you down. God is by your side (Heb.13:5-6).
1. Father Lord, increase my faith so that I will not deny You in times of trial.
2. Lord, let Your grace be sufficient for me, no matter what I pass through in life.
3. Lord, strengthen all Christians living in the hostile areas to stand for You, never denying their faith in You.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Leviticus 25:51 – 27:13; Mark 4:32 – 5:12