I Am With You

Isaiah 41:10 says: Do not fear for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you. For I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

I don’t know about you, but this verse fills me with peace. Knowing that God is with me always, no matter my circumstances, no matter what may or may not be going right or wrong brings me such peace and contentment. There have been times when I have had to meditate on this verse, times when I was full of fear and I was anxious because I did not know what to do or where to turn.

God doesn’t say I might uphold you, or if you will just get your emotions under control I will uphold you; he says that he is my God, that he will strengthen me and that he will
uphold me. If the bottom is falling out of my world or yours and you belong to him, you and I will land in his arms. I have had those times when the bottom has fallen out of my world, and it was into his precious arms that I found myself being held, being strengthened, all fear leaving me.

When I was a child I was afraid to go to bed. I was afraid that my daddy would come into my room and abuse me, abuse was apart of my every- day life and I was confident that evil lurked around every corner. I would put my head under the covers and I would say, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus over and over again until eventually I would fall peacefully asleep. My grandmother had shared with me that when she was afraid she would whisper Jesus over and over again until peace came. She told me that she knew that he heard her cry for help and she would quote Isaiah 41:10. She said that I could always call upon the name of the Lord, that he would hear me, that he would quiet my fears and hold me until I drifted off to sleep. I did not realize then that she was teaching me a pattern for life. On more than one occasion I have cried into my pillow quietly saying: “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus help me, Jesus!”

Psalm 4:9 says: “In peace, I will lie down and fall asleep, for you alone Lord make me secure.”

These days I find myself falling very peacefully asleep, I have learned through the hard times that he is faithful. That when I call out his name he answers me. God cares about the things that
concern me, that cause me fear or pain. He doesn’t always take those things away, mostly he grows me through them. Ever vigilant to make sure that I never have more than I can
stand, but just enough to make me lean in a little closer to him. So, the next time you are feeling fearful, call his name, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! Peace…Precious peace will flood your soul.

God does not always change the storms of our lives, but he does change us through the storms. My pastor always says these words and they are so very true. We need to look at our storm through Jesus and not look at Jesus through our storm. It truly changes your perspective. Sometimes we think the storm we are facing is too big for God and we forget that there is nothing too hard for him, nothing! Mathew 19:26 says “But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” and in Jeremiah 32:27 He asks us this question; ” I am the Lord, the God of all mankind, Is there anything too hard for me?” The answer is “NO” there is not!
He is with us and He will see us through, He will quiet our fears and He will dry our tears.

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