This week I started a new study with Melissa’s Online Bible Studies called Stress-Less Living by Tracie Miles. I have only read Chapter 1 but it was packed full of all kinds of great information. I can tell already that this study is going to be awesome.
Each week we have a reflection verse. One of my goals for this study is to memorize and study that verse each week. This weeks verse comes from Isaiah 41:10 (NLT) “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” I love this verse! There is so much hope and affirmation packed in this one little verse. My life application bible says this: “We need not fear because (1) God is with us (“I am with you”), (2) God has established a relationship with us (“I am your God”), and (3) God gives us assurance of his strength, help, and victory over sin and death.” My favorite line from the whole verse is the very first one: Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. How great is that!? We have no need to fear because God is ALWAYS with us. No matter where we are, no matter what we are doing. God is there! In my bible one of the cross references for that line is Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” There it is again! We are not to fear because God, our Father, is always with us! I don’t know about you but there is something incredibly calming about that thought. No matter what we are going through or how uncertain the future feels, we should not be afraid because God is with us, always. And as the last line of Isaiah 41:10 says, he has us in His hand; His victorious hand!