Have you ever been reading along during your daily devotional time and all of a sudden a verse just jumps out at you? Well this morning, a cool, fall morning, I was doing just that. Reading in Isaiah. Oh how I love the book of Isaiah. He was truly a prophet before his time. But as I read along I came to Isaiah 7:9 “The head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is only Remaliah’s son. If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.’”
Ok, so part “A” of this verse I breezed right past. I know that the Jewish people looked down on Samaritan’s so I just read along. Then I read part “B”, “If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.” I was stopped in my tracks. I went back and read it again and again, this morning. Then when I got to work I read it once again.
Do you realize how much truth is there? We often take that little five letter word for granted – FAITH. Scripture tells, “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
Ok, so how do I do this? How do I stand firm in faith when I feel extremely weak, overwhelmed, scared or concerned? At those times my faith seems to be very weak. Ladies, remember the old song “I Am Woman”? While I didn’t totally agree with all the lyrics of that song, we are women. And a woman of faith can stand firm.
I believe wholeheartedly in praying scripture. God doesn’t need to be reminded of His promises, but He does like to know that we have read those promises and can quote them and stand firm in our faith on them.
So often I have been at a crossroad in my life; it may be illness, relocating to a new community, children being hurt, or a fight with the hubby (yep it happens). At those moments when I don’t know what to do I look to scripture and hit my knees.
I recently did a Bible study with the young adults on Psalm 91, oh the many promises that are in that one chapter alone? There is one verse in that chapter that I have prayed when I have felt weak and unable to be firm in my faith. “No harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.” Psalm 91:10 Get this, ladies, and stand on it, “nothing will come near your tent.” What is your tent? Your family! You can stand firm for nothing is going to overtake you. I have prayed this prayer time and again. You know what? He (God) has never let me down.
I am not sure why I felt the urge to write this but I believe it is for someone that really needs these words right now so pray with me…
Abba, I come to you right now for my sister(s) that are going through a time where they do not feel they have the faith to stand firm and I ask that you will keep all disaster from them and their family. That you will reveal yourself to them as that wonderful promise keeping Father. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Love to you all from my deepest heart!