“Hear me, you who know what is right, you people who have taken My instruction to heart: Do not fear the reproach of mere mortals or be terrified by their insults” (Isaiah 51:7).
I think most people would agree that living with chronic pain and illness is hard. Some days it is a major battle just to put one foot in front of the other. We try to live with a positive attitude, but sometimes it is nearly impossible to stay hopeful.
How do we respond when we feel that God is calling us to step out in faith and accomplish something for Him? A lot of times fear of what others think about us, and our illness, will keep us from moving forward and doing what God is asking.
The terror is magnified by our physical limitations.
How often do we believe others look at us and say, “What do they know? How can they talk about trusting God when they are sick?”
It’s difficult to let go of these negative thoughts and the “what ifs” that steal our peace and trust in God’s ability to use us.
Can we stop letting anxiety deprive us of the opportunity to do what God is calling us to do? Where do we find the courage to trust Him to help us?
The English Standard Version of today’s verse reads, “Fear not the reproach of man, nor be dismayed at their reviling.”
Once we begin to trust God to give us the strength to endure our challenges, we will push past our worries and ignore the naysayers. We’ll take the first steps to fulfilling His destiny for our lives. Our main goal will be obedience, which always magnifies the Lord’s power and glory.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for loving us. Help us to remember You created us in Your image. May we always honor You with our lives. Amen.
About the Author:
Dorothea Love lives in California with her family. She has lived with chronic illness and pain for over 20 years. She relies on God’s grace to strengthen and encourage her each day. She’s in the Sunroom at: http://www.restministriessunroom.ning.com/profile/Dorothea Love or you may read her blog at: http://www.dorothealove.wordpress.com.
Can you think of a time when fear nearly prevented you from doing something you felt called by God to do and you did it anyway? How did it feel?
This is Yolanda Adams singing “Through the Storm” and “Let us Worship Him.” Even when it seems like there is no way God can make a miracle out of our mess, He does. He may not be calming your storm today, but He is there, riding the winds with you. Hang in there, friend. -Lisa