Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Worry and not being consumed

OK, you have to forgive me…I forgot where this little devotional came from.  Normally when I post a devotional to my drafts I include the link to where I got it from, but this one doesn’t say anything…

“Isaiah 43:2 (NLT) "When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you."

When we focus only on what we can see and understand or explain, we will worry. Fear and doubt will become familiar companions if we live each day against the backdrop of this broken world. Our only hope is God. And it is not enough to just know about Him. We must know Him. A personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ assures us that no matter what the world throws our way, it's all going to be okay.

Father, I am tempted to worry about so many things. Our world is a mess! Forgive me for focusing on anything or anyone but You. Thank You for the Bible that equips and empowers me to live each day. Right now, I declare that You are my only Hope. Please help me to remember that You really are in control.
In Jesus' name,


  1. I heard a really great reflection on that passage once, too. (Sorry if this "hijacks" your post!) It was based on that the passage says "THROUGH the rivers" (or deserts)... you don't set up shop there, they are a time that you will go through and then be away from. Helps me keep in perspective that this hardship will pass....

  2. Such a great reminder... I worry so much... And I just need to keep trusting.

  3. I read this quote from an excert our pastor emailed today and thought of you. It really doesn't have a lot to do with the topic of worry but wanted to share. A quote by G. Campbell Morgan "Waiting for God is not laziness. Waiting for God is not going to sleep. Waiting for God is not the abandonment of effort. Waiting for God means, first, activity under command; second, readiness for any new command that may come; third, the ability to do nothing until the command is given." I thought about just how much this could relate to IF and all of the struggles that go with it. I thought about you and Barry and of how patiently you are waiting and trusting and obeying HIS command. Thinking of you and saying a special prayer in the coming weeks.

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this devotional! I really needed it today. I miscarried 5 weeks first pregnancy...and I am really struggling. I needed a reminder to lean on him and let HIM be in CONTROL!

    PS...I have been following your blog for a while now. Just wanted you to know that I have been praying for you, your DH and your sweet little angel!

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