This year we're memorizing one promise from scripture a week. If you want to follow along with our verse cards you can find them HERE. We're also placing importance upon context and studying each verse as we go. We want to honor the original language, meaning, etc as we read so that we can accurately learn and avoid placing our own opinions upon God's words. I'm so happy you're here!
IF ANY OF YOU LACKS WISDOM, YOU SHOULD ASK GOD, WHO GIVES GENEROUSLY TO ALL WITHOUT FINDING FAULT, AND IT WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU. · JAMES 1:5
You know when you read a verse and it resonates with exactly what you are walking through? This verse was that for me – God speaking in His perfect timing to meet us where we are. I have battled immense fear to the point of panic when my husband travels for work. I experience extreme paranoia being in a place alone at night, and the enemy deeply capitalizes on my fear. It is only recently that I have begun really letting go of the fear I have clung to and replacing racing thoughts with scriptures like this one.
Fear not. A command begins this verse, but is qualified with “FOR I am with you”. Our reason to not live in fear is because of God’s presence with and within us, always. If the opposite of fear is trust, than God says we can trust Him because He will never leave us.
Be not dismayed. Another command, qualified with the reminder that He is ours. We are reminded that we are so fully found and known in Him - in this beautifully intimate relationship of a Father and his child. He is our God, and because of that we can flee from distress. I just love the language of Him being “ours”, don’t you? What a privilege. I am His and He is mine. This love relationship between us and God paints such hope over any circumstance.
These commands and reminders are followed by promises – promises of strength and help. Strength to battle the things that will tempt us to fear, and help to endure the things that can cause us distress. He promises to provide the solution to these struggles with Himself. We do not have a God who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, Amen?! He knows we will endure hardship, He knows that there will be troubles, so He promises us strength and help IN ADVANCE.
His ‘upholding’ – what a beautiful promise to hold onto. He steadies our hearts and minds when we ask Him to. Can you picture it? Sitting in the palm of His hand as He walks you through that valley of fear. His upholding makes it possible to endure, to move forward, and to do it with a real peace, because He steadies us.
The thing that captivates me about the book of Isaiah is that Isaiah says little about himself. He spends the majority of the verses prophesying about God’s hand over the future, and speaking of His character. I think there is something for all of us to glean from the way in which Isaiah focuses his words – upwards and outwards.
As Isaiah writes of God in verse 13, “I am the one who helps you.”
Will you just take a minute and pray with me on this? Ask the Lord to help you replace your fears with His perfect love. Ask Him to help you let go of whatever fears you’re battling - to leave them at His feet in surrendered trust.
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