Hello ladies and welcome to another week of the Stressed-Less Living Bible Study. I’m Jamy and I am so excited to have the opportunity to share with you this week. I would like to encourage each one of you today to begin this week fresh. I do not know what all you have been through over the past several days or weeks, but I am confident that God is with each one of us. Therefore, at the start of this week I want you to lay it all down at God’s feet, pick up your Bible and let’s dig into the Word together today.
The reflection verse for this week is Isaiah 43:1b-3a.
But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
Open your Bible and look it up. How does this passage speak to you?
“Do not fear” really hits me. I know that within the Bible, God commands us not to fear over 365 times. That is one for everyday of the year and a couple extra for those difficult days. Therefore, it must be really important to God. He wants us to know that we do not have to fear because He promises to be with us.
However, it is not always easy to just turn off that fear. Just the other night, I was up and reading because I couldn’t sleep – too many things on my mind, so I decided to read. About this time, it really started to storm and it got me to thinking. You and I never know when life’s storms will be coming our way. However, if we are under the cover of God’s umbrella — His protection and love — we do not have to be concerned about what may come our way. We can rest knowing that God is there with us through the storm and we are protected. However, there are those times when we think we have it all under control and we do not need God’s help. It is like when a parent and small child are out in the rain and the child insists on holding the umbrella. If you have seen a small child with an umbrella, you know that she cannot hold it up very high or usually very straight. The parent has to stoop down to get under the umbrella and neither one is completely kept safe and dry. It is not until the parent picks up the child and carries her and the umbrella that they both feel the true protection of the umbrella. The same principle is unquestionable of God. In our reflection passage this week, God promises to never leave us, even when the storms of life come our way. It is during these times that God promises to hold us in His mighty hand, “For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you” (Isaiah 41:13). We simply need to give the control back to Him; it’s His anyway. God is in control of everything. Give up the hold you have on trying to control the storms in your life and rest in the protection of God’s unfailing promises.
I invite you to take a moment and watch this video and let the words bring comfort to you today. [Click here to see the video below if you cannot see it.]
Your Turn to Share –
- I encourage you to personalize the reflection passage today.
- I challenge you to journal and share what this passage means to you.
- How does this bring comfort to you as you are dealing with the floods, fires and storms in your own life?
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