Isaiah 41:10 – So Long As I Know He’s With Me

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
(Isaiah 41:10 ESV)

Fear not? How could God have such an unrealistic expectation of us? It’s easy for Him to say. After all, He is God. He dwells in heaven. He must not be aware of all that we’re dealing with down here. We’re faced with everything from nations plunging over fiscal cliffs, to violence against the innocent, to natural disasters. Not to mention the everyday issues of life. Who in their right mind wouldn’t be afraid? Who wouldn’t have some anxiety? God’s children needn’t fear.

The Lord never makes a promise He can’t keep. He commands us to neither fear nor be dismayed for two reasons:

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Romans 9:16 – The Economy of Heaven

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So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. (Romans 9:16 ESV)

In our world each action, if valuable, must be performed in a manner incurring more benefit than cost. If an action costs more than it benefits, one is moving backwards. No fulfillment is resultant of regression, and no gain is typified by a heavier loss. This is how our markets behave, these are the fundamental truths of an efficient economy. This is the earthly economy. But what of heaven’s economy? What of the spiritual currencies by which eternal transactions are made? Should we operate according to the same principles of benefit and cost for attaining salvation? Do we ever try?

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John 21:15 – Hope in Haiti: Part 5

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When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” (John 21:15 ESV)

Peter decided he wasn’t worthy and couldn’t be useful any longer to the world, so he went back to the beginning after the resurrection of Jesus. He got in his little boat, rowed out into the sea, and fished the night away in vain.

In the morning, the resurrected Christ, the true Lover of our souls who sees us for what we really are, told him to cast his net on the other side of the boat. When he obeyed, once again writhed that familiar haul of fish, and once again this man found himself before the Living God, broken as if for the very first time.

Did Christ wait for him along the shore to punish him?

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