Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
Isaiah 12:2 KJV
While having devotions this past week, I read this verse and it stood out to me. Does that happen to you as you read scriptures? Oftentimes, a scripture just seems to fit the circumstances that are happening in life. I don't believe these things happen by "coincidence" but are rather God speaking through scripture.
Trusting in God, and not being afraid, can be challenging. I'm a natural worrier by nature (unfortunately) and I tend to ruminate about problems and how they are going to work out or be solved. While I'm not proud of this, I have been this way since childhood so it seems to be a part of my nature. While I take worries "to the Lord in prayer", as the hymn goes, I also tend to take them back sometimes! Being reminded of God's steadfastness through scriptures like this one from Isaiah, helps me to feel better.
Luckily, I have good company with other "worriers" in scripture who were used by God. In Exodus Chapter 33, Moses was speaking with God in the "Tent of Meeting" outside the Israelite's camp and was concerned that he (Moses) didn't know God's full plan for who God was going to send with him as he led the people forward. Moses was doing a little bit of complaining to God about why, if God knew Moses by name, He had not let him know more and the plans. God's answer to Moses was incredibly simple and as follows:
"And He said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest."
Isn't that wonderful to know? The answer for Moses, and for us, is simply that God's presence goes with us and gives us rest. If only my worrisome attitude could remember these words and rely on them more! I also love how "The Message" version interprets Isaiah 33:14. That version says, "My presence will go with you. I'll see the journey to the end."
Friends, the simple truth is that we are never alone in life's worries. God's presence is ALWAYS with us. Even if you're like me and want to take the worries back sometimes. God has our backs. He gives us rest. And, most of all, He sees us through to the end of our journey....and beyond!
What a blessing it is to have the Lord in our lives!
Blessings and Peace,