Posts Tagged ‘isaiah’

When you feel alone you can feel isolated which can be frightening. But even we really have nothing to fear, because God has promised to be there for us and strengthen us at all times. All we need to do is trust Him.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ~ Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

 

If you’ve ever felt as if your life feels hopeless and you feel all alone, you’ll understand just how low life can feel at times. I’ve been there, and I felt so isolated, so alone – It felt like everyone else’s lives were going so well, and that I wasn’t part of anyone’s plans, no-one seemed to care how I felt.

It felt as if even God had deserted me as I couldn’t pray, and found God wasn’t fixing everything the way I wanted. The reality was, it was me who deserted God because I stopped praying, I stopped believing God was there or even cared about me. How wrong was I!

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ~ Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

Even although I knew this verse in the bible, and I believed in God, I doubted God at a time when I needed Him most. The good news is, even when we desert God, He never deserts us!

And I’ve been down the other road
Where fear and doubt
They take control
And I won’t go there anymore

I got through that time of feeling hopeless, and I believe I got through it because God was with me. Yes, I suffered, yes I was scared, but God was with me. Somewhere deep inside me my faith kept me going even when I didn’t realise it. Without my faith, without God who knows how my life would have turned out when I hit rock bottom.

Without God there is no hope, but with Him we have the promise of eternal life!

These are some of the most reassuring words I have ever heard. Knowing that no matter what I face in life, God is with me, makes me happy.

If you do not believe in God, you probably don’t understand why those words make me so happy, or understand how words can make me happy as aren’t actions stronger than words?

For me I believe in God, and I’ve been through some very tough and difficult situations, and I know that if God hadn’t been with me to help me through I wouldn’t be here today. There was a time when I went through a difficult situation that I thought God had deserted and tried to ‘go it alone’, but when I hit rock bottom and could see no way out, I was desperate, and God reached out to me – I took His hand and so I am here today to tell you to believe in God, and believe He is with you all the time.

Already there by Casting Crowns

From where I’m standing
Lord, it’s so hard for me to see
Where this is going
And where You’re leading me
I wish I knew how
All my fears and all my questions
Are going to play out
In a world I can’t control

When I’m lost in the mystery
To You my future is a memory

‘Cause You’re already there
You’re already there
Standing at the end of my life
Waiting on the other side
And You’re already there
You’re already there

From where You’re standing
Lord, You see a grand design
That You imagined
When You breathed me into life
And all the chaos
Comes together in Your hands
Like a masterpiece
Of Your picture-perfect plan

When I’m lost in the mystery
To You my future is a memory

One day I’ll stand before You
And look back on the life I’ve lived
I can’t wait to enjoy the view
And see how all the pieces fit

One day I’ll stand before You
And look back on the life I’ve lived
‘Cause You’re already there
You’re already there
When I’m lost in the mystery
To You my future is a memory
‘Cause You’re already there
You’re already there
Standing at the end of my life
Waiting on the other side
And You’re already there
You’re already there

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. 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 41:10-13 (NIV)

These words are ones which I’m sure many of us who are Christians turn to when we face difficult situations or are struggling to cope with life.

Why? Because they remind us and reassure us again that no matter what happens, God is with us, and will help us through, because He has planned our future for us.

You may not think these words can reassure you when you’re going through a tough time, but I can tell you from experience that they do. Even during my darkest days I remind myself that God is with me, and he knows what he’s doing, so I simple need to trust him with my life, and my future, and he will ensure my future.

I’m in His hands, I’m in His hands;
Whate’er the future holds, I’m in His hands;
The days I cannot see have all been planned for me;
His way is best, you see; I’m in His hands.

Do you consider yourself to be unique?

You may have noticed the tagline on my blog tells you whether I consider myself to be unique:

I’d actually go further and say that I know I am unique – yes, I know many of you who know me will be saying thank goodness just now!

When we think of potters we think of them making each piece of pottery by hand on a pottery wheel, meaning each item is individual and unique.

In the bible we read about God being the potter and us the clay, so it stands to reason then that in making us, God has made us all unique.

Still, God, you are our Father. We’re the clay and you’re our potter: All of us are what you made us. ~ Isaiah 64:8 (The Message)

The world would be boring if we were all the same, wouldn’t it!

Man seems to have been fascinated by the future for a long time, we just need to look back at the numerous movies that have been made over the years, all set in a world imagined to be ‘the future’.

  • 1984
  • 2001: A space odyssey
  • Alien
  • Avatar
  • Bill and Ted’s excellent adventure
  • I, Robot
  • Intersellar
  • Lost in space
  • Planet of the apes
  • Etc…

Some of those films were set in a time that is actually now in the past. E.g. 1984. I think it’s fair to say the film version of the future has never really turned out to be particularly accurate, has it!

I know a few people who visit psychics to find out a little of what their future holds for them. I don’t know about you, but I know I wouldn’t want to know what lies ahead for me.

At a member of the Salvation Army, a Salvationist, I made promises to God to serve him not just today and tomorrow, but in our future days. I always seem to end up with the words of a particular song going through my mind when I think about the promises I’ve made to God.

O Jesus, I have promised
To serve Thee to the end;
Be Thou forever near me,
My Master and my Friend;
I shall not fear the battle
If Thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway
If Thou wilt be my Guide.

This song doesn’t just remind me my promises, but as it was a special song to some of my family, it remind me that they made those same promises to God, and they did keep them in their future, right ‘to the end’.

Our future is not just about us keep our promises to God, but Him also keeping his promises to us, as that’s where we get our reassurance that no matter what we face God is with us:

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Isaiah 41:10 

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

As you’ve probably gathered I’ve been thinking a lot about the future, and have prayed  that I will stay true to God no matter what the future holds for me. There will be times of great joy ahead, but also some challenging times too, but I know I can face them with confidence if I remember these words:

There is a name I call in times of trouble
There is a song that comforts in the night
There is a voice that calms the storm that rages
He is Jesus, Jesus
—JESUS—

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

It can be scary when we don’t know how the future will turn out. It can be scary in the present as well, when our circumstances change and we’re suddenly left having to deal with new circumstances or news.

But as we’re told in Isaiah, we really shouldn’t get dismayed when life is difficult, as God has promised to give us the strength to get through anything. We’re only human though, so we do worry, and we do get scared, so we just need to remind ourselves that God is always by our side, and if we trust Him, we can face anything!

Today is Good Friday. The fact it’s called ‘Good‘ Friday suggests it is a happy and great day. However for God it was probably one of the worst days, the day His one and only son died. Can you imagine how that must have felt?

In Isaiah 53:1-5 (NLT) we read the following:

Who has believed our message? To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm. My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.

Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.

God always knew that the day would come, when to save the rest of us, Christ would have to die. It’s wonderful to know that God loves us this much isn’t it!

Look at my servant, whom I strengthen. He is my chosen one, who pleases me. I have put my Spirit upon him. He will bring justice to the nations. ~ Isaiah 42:1 (NLT)

Long before Jesus was even born God already knew He was going to have to sacrifice His only son. If that was you or me, I suspect we’d have done everything in our power to prevent our only son from dying. God had the power to do that, but still Jesus died, what greater love as anyone ever shown for you, than God did by sacrificing his own son?

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’ ~ Isaiah 6:8 (NIV)

These are words from Isaiah that I’m sure we’ve all heard many times before. I reread this passage several times in the last couple of days.

In this passage of scripture there’s no suggestion that Isaiah hesitated before he responded to God when he asked who he would send. That says so much about his faith and trust in God doesn’t it, that Isaiah didn’t stop to consider what he was ‘signing-up for’ before volunteering, because he trusted God and knew God wouldn’t ask him to do something he wouldn’t be able to do.

As I’ve reread these words in Isaiah, I have to accept that I am not always as willing to accept the plans God has for my life. I have to put my trust fully in God so that I have no hesitation when he assigns a task to me.

How about you, are you as quick to respond to God’s requests of you, as Isaiah was?