Words From The Heart: Special Weekly Reflection #46
“Say to the anxious and fearful, ‘Be strong and never afraid. Look, here comes your God! He is breaking through to give you victory! He comes to avenge your enemies. With divine retribution he comes to save you!’”
Isaiah 35:4 (TPT)
I read an article online recently about the added anxiety that comes from working at home, which many have been doing for almost a year now. You wouldn’t think this would be the case – there seems to be so many benefits – not having the commute, able to eat and drink whatever you want and wear what feels most comfortable. The challenge, however, is that most people thrive on routine. Going to work each day gives that sense of routine – we get up at the same time, leave home at the same time, drive the same route to work, and basically do the same thing day after day. It can be boring, but for many it gives a sense of normality.
The pandemic has taken that away. We speak of the “new normal” but there really is no normal. We long for things to be the way they used to be but live with fear that they never will be. Those of us who live in a country that values individual freedom find it particularly challenging to be told who we can and cannot see, where we can and cannot go, and when. No wonder anxiety is on the rise.
As followers of Jesus, we have some great promises in God’s Word for times like this. One of the best is found in Isaiah 35:4: “Say to the anxious and fearful, ‘Be strong and never afraid. Look, here comes your God! He is breaking through to give you victory! He comes to avenge your enemies. With divine retribution he comes to save you!’”
This paints a beautiful picture of God coming to our rescue. Like the cavalry who always shows up just in time in the old movies, God steps into our lives when we are feeling most at risk. In this verse we are called to look with eyes of faith to see the Lord coming to rescue us from that which is causing our fear and anxiety. When we feel like we are surrounded, hemmed in on every side, suffering from emotional claustrophobia, we can claim the promise here that God is breaking through to give us victory. There is nothing in your life, not even the challenges of living in pandemic times, that can stop God from being with you. You are not alone.
In Isaiah 54:10 the Lord gives a great promise: “my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed.” When God breaks through, His abiding presence assures us of His love and peace. This is the antidote to our anxiety and fear.
Ask the Lord to break through your fear and anxiety. Invite Him to take up residence in your heart and life – He will not depart from you and His deep, rich, abiding peace will guard your heart and mind. Through Jesus, He has come to save you!
I’m Bob Beasley, and these have been words from the heart.