“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV
As we approach the end of the year, many of us are reflecting on the bad situations that have occurred throughout 2018, and are hopeful that 2019 will be a much better year. We may or may not endure the same issues; however, the reality is that we must endure ongoing trials and tribulations in our lives.
There are three important reasons for adversity: Our character must change; our relationship with God must develop until we possess unwavering faith; and God uses the victory over tribulations to bring glory and honor to His name.
We know that God desires for us to possess health and happiness even as we face the vicissitudes of life. He comforts us through His Word to let us know that we do not have to live in “fear or dread” of anyone or any given situation.
We have the assurance that God will never leave us or forsake us. Knowing, believing and reminding ourselves, as we accomplish our day-to-day duties, that we have a loving and awesome God who truly cares about us, should have us feeling like a newborn baby.
Does a newborn baby worry? Absolutely not! The peaceful sleep and restful state of mind that a baby enjoys is what God provides for us when we believe. Our faith in His promises reassures us that God will always be with us, if we just believe.
Challenge for today: Study the Bible and find 5 verses that indicate God will take care of you in every situation. Believe that He will see you through!
Prayer for today: Dear God, Please help us to believe in you at all times and in every situation, good or bad. Our faith is weak because we do not study your Word and our prayer life is inconsistent. We ask you to forgive us as we begin this new day that you have blessed us with. Thank you for being our Heavenly Father. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!
Sonya Johnson Ruiz