• Pastor Tim Chinn

Separated Together #4

Welcome to part four of our “Separated Together” devotional adventure.

Today I want to share some encouraging words as we face uncertainties, potential health challenges, economic strains, and physical, and social isolation.

Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said, “All we have to fear is fear itself.”

But, how do you stop yourself from being afraid? 

Did you know that God exhorts us to “fear not”, “be not afraid” or “be anxious for nothing” more than any other command? I have heard there are actually 365 of such commands in the Bible; one for each day of the year.

However, instead of promising a consequence for breaking it, He gives us a promise for following His advice.

He tells us that His presence is the remedy to fear.

Scripture for today

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. - Psalms 46:1

The first two words: “God is” reminds us that God has existed eternally.

He does not change and He always operates according to His divine nature which is revealed to us in scripture.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” - Revelation 1:8

Secondly, we are reminded that He is our “refuge and strength.”

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “refuge” as “shelter or protection from danger or distress”.

In other words, He is our covering and the source of our strength.

He’s our power to overcome anything we may face in the coming days and months. 

Finally, he is “an ever-present help”.

He isn’t distant and He doesn’t sit idly by as we face the troubles of life. He is always present.

Let that sink in.

As Christians, we believe that His Holy Spirit lives in us. Just think of that! The God of the Universe lives in you. He is not far off as some think. He is always the closest that anyone can get to you.

You aren't isolated and alone!

God is closer than a brother. 

Prayer for today

Heavenly Father, Thank You that during this time of uncertainty and trouble, You are my protection from danger and distress.

You have promised to be with me always.

Please help me to remember that in Christ I am never alone or without strength.

I receive Your love, Your presence, Your covering, and strength and I praise You for helping me.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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