“O Lord, my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me: Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces while there is none to deliver.” Psalms 7:1-2
“God hath not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
“But without faith it is impossible to please him (God); for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6
Today’s Christian daily devotional
The handsome nineteen year old stood tall on the platform, blending in with the mass of soldiers wearing the same uniform. It only took a moment for Sandra to notice her son’s hazel eyes in the sea of rippling beige.
The light autumn breeze toppled the flood of emotions that sat on the edge of her heart.
Gazing upon her boy, looking all grown up, Sandra’s tender heart swelled with equal parts pride and brokenness.
It had been three months since she had laid eyes on her firstborn. As the national anthem bellowed reverently and the flag was being hoisted; Sandra recalled her last conversation with Matthew. She begged and pleaded with all her might, hoping that her son would reconsider enlisting in the military.
“You’re smart, Matt. There are so many things you can do without risking your life. Just consider your options, that’s all I’m saying.” The very source of her love was now the source of her deepest pain. It was apparent that this situation was completely out of Sandra’s control.
Although Matthew was young, he was determined to live an authentic life. Over the years, Matt had witnessed the impending fear of the unknown control much of his mother’s decisions. From an early age, Matthew was determined not to let that kind of stifling emotion determine his own path in life.
“I’ll be fine, Mom. You’ve always told me to trust in God. Well, I am.” He leaned down and kissed his mother tenderly on the forehead. Her delicate eyes fluttered, averting his gaze.
Sandra knew there was nothing more she could do. And, up until this point, she had always believed that she really did trust in God.
Psalms 7:1-2 isn’t just speaking about having trust in God. These verses remind us that there is an enemy that seeks to destroy us from the inside out. Fear is the unseen persecutor that many of us willingly allow into our own hearts and minds.
2 Timothy 1:7 reminds us that God can’t work with fear. In fact, when we engage in fearful mindsets we prevent the power of God from working in our lives.
As Hebrews 11:7 clearly states, God rewards those who pursue Him, not fear.
‘Being in control’ is just an illusion anyway. No amount of precaution can actually prevent disaster, pain or inconvenience from affecting any one of our lives. The reality is: we live in a broken world and there is no escaping it.
Empower yourself by choosing to have faith in God. He not only rewards those who have faith in Him, but also blesses that faith with a peace that passes all human understanding.
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I bow my head in complete repentance. I have let fear take control of one too many of my days and circumstances.
Who knows where I would be today if I only would have taken a moment to pray for your strength and wisdom? You could have led my decisions instead of my fear of the unknown.
Lord, I want to live a good life. I don’t want to run from challenges that I need to help me grow into the person I crave to be.
Help me to let go of all my insecurities. Give me the confidence I need to be totally secure in you and your good nature.
I know that this won’t prevent the troubles of life, but it will steer me into a better direction when issues arise.
Oh Lord, wisdom is what I need. Lavish it on me generously. There’s so much I need to learn and although I am a work in progress I don’t want to keep making the same mistakes.
In Jesus’ precious name, because my life is a dedication to you, I want to make good use of it. Amen.”
Thank you for reading today’s Christian daily devotional on verses: Psalms 7:1-2, 2 Timothy 1:7, Hebrews 11:6
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan