19th August 2020
'do not be dismayed'
Are you feeling overwhelmed?
Hurt and pain are guaranteed in this world
but it doesn't necessarily take any major problem
for some of us to feel down in the dumps sometime.
Disappointment and frustration are all part of life's rich pattern.
Deep down we expect that all will go smoothly,
that we will constantly make progress;
then reality sets in and some days it's hard
to just put one foot in front of the other.
Life is a gift,
but we can spend much of our lives
looking this gift horse in the mouth,
and missing its beauty and opportunities.
We all have hard times at some time or another;
we lose our jobs, we develop a chronic disease,
a relationship breaks down, we struggle with financial problems.
But Jesus promised us that we can get through
any tribulation that life can throw at us;
he will be there to help if we trust in him.
God said to the people of Israel, as he says to us;
"So do not fear,
for I am with you; do not be dismayed,
for I am your God'.
- Isaiah 41:10
And Jesus said to his disciples and to us
34 So do not worry about tomorrow;
it will have enough worries of its own.
There is no need
to add to the troubles each day brings.
- Matthew 6:34
If you're feeling that you cannot pick yourself up,
Let Jesus do the picking up,
all you have to do is ask
he calls to us;
28 "Come to me,
all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.
- Matthew 11:28
Max Lucado penned the Survivor's Creed;
it's a good one to copy out and put on your fridge door
to remind you in times of trouble - I have
The Survivor's Creed
You will get through this
It won't be painless
It won't be quick
But God will use this mess for good.
Don't be foolish or naive,
But don't despair either.
With God's help you will get through this.
Let us stop and rest today
as we read these words of comfort;
meditating on these passages throughout the day
when we feel anxiety or grief wash over us.
We can take heart that God is the same
yesterday, today, and forever
and He has promised to never leave us.
Hold onto the promises of God
as we seek His peace and comfort today.