“Say to those who have an anxious heart, ‘Be strong; fear not’…” Isaiah 35:4
Anyone have an anxious heart today? What is causing your anxiety? Perhaps you need the words from Isaiah reminding us to be strong and not to fear. We could give a long list of the fear possibilities, but let’s give our hearts a bit of a break. Instead, we can choose to obey the word of God and ask Him to give us strength. Anything we try on our own is temporary and incompatible to what He can supply.
Sounds much easier to tell you to do this and I can keep spinning in an anxious twirl. However, that is not something I can do, ask you to do something hard and not live it myself. So, let me pray for us both in this space today.
Lord Jesus, we need what you have, strength and peace. We look around us, listen to the news, hear about hard places people are walking, sickness lurks, so many unknowns and we can cave in anxiety. I know this is not your desire for us. So we ask you to rule our minds and calm our fearful hearts. Others are watching, Lord, and we want to reflect you. As your child, remind us that we are watched over, cared for and loved. Give us faith when so much is uncertain. Give us eyes to see those who are drowning in fear. Use us Lord to love anyone you place in front of us. As you said through Nehemiah, “the joy of the Lord is your strength”. We ask for your joy to be our strength, for ours is failing. You are God and we are not. We trust you to be who you have always been. In Jesus name, Amen.