Have you ever felt like you were given a big hug by God? That’s the feeling I get every time I read Isaiah 41:10. I discovered this verse during one of the lowest moments of my life. I’m sure I must have read it before but the verse took a whole new turn when I read it under the glare of intense trial.
Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness (Isaiah 41:10 AMPC)
Without a shadow of doubt, God’s comfort is one of the primary reasons you and I have made it thus far in 2020. Remember those times in this year where the pain of the loss was so severe, it was like a dagger had been driven through your heart, leaving you gasping for breath.
Those moments of secret tears at midnight as you wondered how you were going to face the next day, whether your employer would graciously furlough you or bid you goodbye.
Those moments when the gentle breeze of the Holy Spirit brushed past you in the midst of your unspoken anguish and quietened your spirit with the whisper of ‘fear not, I am with you.’
Somehow, you wiped your tears, squared your shoulders not because you had all the answers but because you received a divine and deeply personal comfort from God.
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