I took you from the ends of the earth,
from its farthest corners I called you.
I said, ‘You are my servant’;
I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
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 41:9-10
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know[b] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
“You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe.
- John 14:1-7, 25-29
“God reassured the Israelites that He was with them when they followed pillars of cloud by day and fire by night. Darkness didn’t hinder God’s people from traveling with Him. The wisemen rejoiced when they saw the star in the sky announcing Christ’s birth. Those who seek Him still find Him. As prophecies unfold before everyone’s eyes, Christians can be reassured that everything is going as planned. Some day Jesus will return and put everything right.
“Of the end times, Jesus said, ‘But watch yourselves lest your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day will come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man’ (Luke 21: 34-36). In addition, Paul says, ‘Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?’ (1 Corinthians 6:19). Believers can be at peace knowing that God is not only with them but in them. Don’t be afraid. Don’t be dismayed. He is Your God.
“You may wonder how to stop being afraid or dismayed with all that’s going on in the world. Fear and peace are like two strong men playing tug of war. Which one will win depends on which you feed. Feed peace and confidence by meditating on His promises and becoming more intimate with Him in prayer.”
- Presidential Prayer Team Devotion
This is an extra post during Holy Week. When I got this devotion, I realized it was not only timely, but referenced to the times of the first Holy Week as written in John.
We have no reason to fear, for we are in God’s hands.
Go to God in prayer. For this time of crisis, we should be able to find the time. We also have time to read the Scripture. A day will soon come when we can put what we have learned into practice.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.