THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
– Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
This Old Testament word from the Lord is a reminder to modern day believers as well. For so many of us, there are days where we wonder if we are doing enough with our lives or if we’re where supposed to be. We start to wonder if we’re living in the right city or dating the right person or going to the right school.
But as your mind starts to wonder, don’t stop knowing in your heart that God will strengthen and help you in your everyday living and decision making. If there is anything in your life that makes you wonder if you’re headed in the right direction, know that you don’t have to rely on advice from others or your own intellect to try and figure out what you should do. Yes, God can place wonderful, wisdom-filled people in your life who will give you biblically sound encouragement and advice, but ultimately, you have to know that God is the One who will give you strength and help you in making decisions and getting where you need to be.
The next time you find yourself asking questions like, “Why am I working this job?” or “Am I wasting my time?” remember that God has those answers. Through your relationship with Christ, you have direct access to Him and you can ask Him. Talk to God about your relationships. Talk to Him about the things you’re struggling with—even if those things involving having a hard time trusting Him or being patient. God is gracious enough to listen and the more you spend time with Him, the more you will begin to know His presence in your daily life.
Don’t let yourself fall into a pattern where you’re trying to think your way through everything without going to God and His Word. It’s okay to admit that you need help before the throne of God. It’s okay to repent and tell Him about what you’ve done wrong and what you’re struggling with. Don’t let the difficulty you’re faced with become a distraction so much to the point that you start to forget you serve a mighty, strong God who has a purpose and plan for you life.
Biblical Context + Further Reading: Isaiah 41:1-10
DAILY CHALLENGE: Listen to Good Good Father by Kalley Heiligenthal (Bethel Church)