Encouragement for Today
April 27, 2020
Psalm 24:4 says: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
Having faith in the darkest valley – during a global pandemic, for example is a bold thing to do. As we talked about in yesterday’s message (Building Faith – Fighting Fear). It’s natural to feel fearful right now, but believers can have a bold faith and hope during a crisis because of who God is.
He is never changing, even when our world does – “For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.” Malachi 3:6
He is all-powerful, strong and able to do anything He wills – “Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.” Psalm. 147:5
“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” Romans 1:20
He is all-knowing, having knowledge of everything past, present, and future.
“Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure…” Isaiah 46:9-10
He is faithful and always will be – “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13
Off-course He is so much more. He is beyond what we can conceive in our limited human minds. His purposes and promises are absolutely sure, even when we aren’t sure where He is or what He’s doing.
As the great English preacher Charles Spurgeon once said:
“God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart.”
Again, trusting God and having faith during a pandemic is a bold stance, to be sure. But isn’t it also bold to come before the Almighty God of the universe in prayer as we are instructed to do in Hebrews 4:16:
“Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Come boldly to the God who is unchanging always faithful, and never caught by surprise. Keep you faith and trust in Him and let the knowledge of who He is calm your heart.
Blessings in Christ,