Monday, September 28, 2015

Why so afraid?!?

"I, I am he who comforts you; why then are you afraid of a mere mortal who must die... You have forgotten the LORD, your Maker..."
(Isaiah 51:12-13)

God's people were going through a difficult time when Isaiah was a prophet.  They were being besieged by the mighty Babylonian army.  They would soon be defeated, captured, and carried away from their homeland.  It was a time of fear & uncertainty for the Hebrew people. 

But God knew there was a greater threat to his people: they had forgotten God.  More than the enemy army lying outside their city walls, the people had neglected their relationship with their Creator... and that posed a far greater danger.  "Why are you afraid of a mere mortal," asks the LORD.  "You have forgotten your Maker... I am he who comforts you!"

We all have fears, worries & uncertainties in this life.  That's part of being human.  The question for people of faith is: will we allow those fears, worries & uncertainties to consume us?  Jobs, health, children, relationships, finances, past hurts, etc... the list can go on and on.  But GOD IS THE ONE WHO COMFORTS US!  Why are we overcome with fear?  Let us turn back to the LORD and trust in His grace & mercy.

We may not know where life will take us, & what experiences we'll have to endure.  But we don't have to live in a constant state of fear, worry & dread.  No matter what may come, God is our comforter.  God loves us, cares for us, and will work to bring about good in our lives.  Thanks be to God!  AMEN.

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