Isaiah 41:10 speaks to my heart today. After studying the words in this verse, I found out the deep meaning of the word “dismayed”. Dictionary.com defines it as “to break down the courage of completely, as by sudden danger or trouble; dishearten thoroughly; daunt:” I know there have been times in my life where I have certainly been dismayed. These were times in which I was not allowing the One True God to guide me during times of distress. Today, however, I can say that I have found myself standing on His promises. Not “today” in a general sense, but literally today!
He has promised to strengthen me, to help me, and hold me up. Sometimes I feel so weak and weary of the things life can throw at me. Just as with my children when they were newborn, I would feel like I was running on fumes when I lacked enough sleep. Those sleepless nights when they were sick or in need of something left me completely drained. But I pushed on because of my love for them; my desire to care for them. So while I was still weak, I didn’t give up on my children. God allows me to be weak so that I can let Him strengthen me. To be weak doesn’t equate with being weak minded. My mind, and heart, is stayed on Christ, knowing that my strength will come eventually, and it will come from Him.
I look back on stories in the Bible and how the disciples were persecuted, tortured, and even killed for their preaching of Christ and salvation through Him. I believed there was no way my simple little life could ever be the target of such persecution, therefore my life doesn’t hold as much value in the eternal big picture. Yeah, I get that I am significant to God and He loves me just as much as the people that have died for His name’s sake. Yet, in the same way we are born with the pride of not wanting to be a symbol of weakness, we are instilled with the belief that we need to be greater than the Jones’ next door. I have realized in recent times that persecution comes in more ways than just the drastic act of physical torture or murder. It comes also in the form of verbal assaults, manipulations, backbiting, lies, and betrayal.
Today, moment by moment, I will strive to live in the light of who I am to Christ, and not who I am to the people that persecute me.
~Psalm 7:1 “O Lord my God, in thee do I put my trust: Save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me”
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