Be not dismayed…

As I hear of sufferings and trials of those I love, I often find myself searching my heart for words of encouragement and comfort to offer and this always brings me to scripture.

The Words contained in the Old Testament reveal God’s great love for HIs own people and the faithfulness found in His character. Isaiah 41:10 declares the promise, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.” Isaiah 43:1-2 further assures Israel of who they are to Him, “…Thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and He that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art Mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”

As we continue to search the scriptures and see God’s redemptive plan unfold in the pages of the New Testament, we find the wonders of His love extended to us. “To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and He that believeth on Him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe He is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness and into His marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” (1 Peter 2:4-10)

If only we hold steadfastly to the truth of who we are in Him, and abstain from becoming entangled in the affairs of this life (2 Timothy 2:4), are we able to find lasting peace. Our lives, our value, and our dignity were created and are sustained by Him alone. May we draw near to Him and find rest for our souls in the presence of the One who never fails.

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