Our Daily Bread 21 July 2018 Devotional

Our Daily Bread 12th July 2018 Devotional 

TOPIC: An Anchor When We’re Afraid

READ: Isaiah 51:12–16

BIBLE IN A YEAR: Psalms 4–6; Acts 17:16–34

KEY VERSE: I, even I, am he who comforts you. Isaiah 51:12

MESSAGE: Are you a worrier? I am. I wrestle with anxiety almost daily. I worry about big things. I worry about small things. Sometimes, it seems like I worry about everything. Once in my teens, I called the police when my parents were four hours late getting home.

Our Daily Bread 12th July 2018 Devotional – An Anchor When We’re Afraid

Scripture repeatedly tells us not to be afraid. Because of God’s goodness and power, and because He sent Jesus to die for us and His Holy Spirit to guide us, our fears don’t have to rule our lives. We may well face hard things, but God has promised to be with us through it all.

One passage that has helped me profoundly in fearful moments is Isaiah 51:12–16. Here, God reminded His people, who had endured tremendous suffering, that He was still with them, and that His comforting presence is the ultimate reality. No matter how bad things may seem: “I, even I, am he who comforts you,” He told them through the prophet Isaiah (v. 12).

Our Daily Bread 12th July 2018 Devotional – An Anchor When We’re Afraid

I love that promise. Those eight words have been an emotion-steadying anchor for my soul. I’ve clung to this promise repeatedly when life has felt overwhelming, when my own “constant terror” (v. 13) has felt oppressive. Through this passage, God reminds me to lift my eyes from my fears and in faith and dependence to look to the One who “stretches out the heavens” (v. 13)—the One who promises to comfort us.

PRAYER: Lord, sometimes the struggles we face in life seem so big. But You are bigger. Help us to cling to Your promise of comfort in fearful moments and to experience Your loving provision as we trust You.

Our Daily Bread 12th July 2018 Devotional – An Anchor When We’re Afraid

God’s comforting presence is more powerful than our fears.

Our Daily Bread 12th July 2018 Devotional was written by Adam Holz (Our Daily Bread Ministries)

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