Remember God’s Perspective (Weekend Devotional)

September 15, 2012 | Tags: , ,

Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9

 A while ago there was  powerful storm in our area with lots of lightning, thunder, and house-rattling wind gusts.  As a safety precaution, we took our children to the basement to wait it out.  The storm passed in a relatively short period of time, taking out the power and half a large tree in the front yard.  To my husband and I, it was not a particularly remarkable event.  To my children, it was the single most terrifying experience in history.  After the storm had passed, we had little ones afraid to sleep alone, afraid of the dark, and talking constantly of power outages and houses falling down.  My husband and I had a different perspective.  The house was safe, the children were safe, and we were all together.  Praise God!

How often am I like a child when I face circumstance out of my control?  Illness, moving, deaths, and all of life’s transitions can make us feel like we can’t trust anymore.  It must not be safe if something so big and uncontrollable can happen to me.

But God’s perspective is eternal.  He goes before me wherever I go.  His love is sure.  He is faithful always to us and to His promises.  And with that knowledge I can go forward in boldness and strength, trusting He will always be with me.

If you are worried today that God can’t see you or doesn’t know your struggle, don’t be.  He was here long before you were born, waiting for you to get here.  He commands, “Do not be afraid or discouraged” not because He doesn’t want to hear it but because He knows there is no need to be!  God is in control of your situation.

By Rebecca Dillard

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