Wednesday: Psalm 74-76; Isaiah 41; Luke 8.1-21

From: Heather Madden

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

What would it mean to fear not? To literally not be afraid. That is to refuse to entertain thoughts that are: anxious, concerned, or despairing. To rebuke thoughts of dismay, dread, doubt, or horror. How would our lives be different if we did not let fear get a hold of us? What if instead of fearful thoughts we filled our minds with thoughts that remind ourselves of the greatness of God and how he is indeed trustworthy. We can depend on him. There is no need to fear because God is in control.

What if instead of being held in the grip of fear we would “give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks, for your name is near. We recount your wondrous deeds” (Psalm 75:1). In moments of fear I want to learn to step back and instead of rehearsing in my mind all the reasons I am afraid, I want to recite all the ways God has been faithful to me in the past. In addition, to even literally recount all the ways he has intervened in my life time and time again.

Heavenly Father, thank you for the many ways you have shown yourself strong on our behalf. Help us, Lord, to fully trust you and not be afraid. Help us to recount all the ways you have been a faithful Father. Amen.

I enjoy living by the ocean with my husband, Kelly. My days are spent bringing joy to the elderly.