Our devotional this week comes from Gigi Falstrom. I believe it is well-timed in light of the tragedy we are seeing in Japan, and the fear that it stirs in many people’s hearts. I hope you find comfort in Gigi’s words of hope.
DEAD FROM DREAD
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
(Joshua 1:9 )
That word “DREAD” is so close to the word “DEAD.” If we live in FEAR and DREAD, we are DEAD, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. We become immobilized, unable to think rationally or creatively. We become stuck, unable to make decisions or take needed action. And that is not living, especially the full life God has planned for us.
So, when our situation looks dismal and choices seem limited, where do we go? It’s easy to just sit around ringing our hands and repeating, “woe is me.” And we’ll get lots of worldly advice and sympathy. But is that what we want? Do we need more encouragement to feel sorry for ourselves and continue to flounder? NO, we have options.
Christians do not have to fear and dread what others may do to us or what might happen in our lives. We have hope in our Lord. Through the centuries he has proven himself faithful to believers. Think about Job, Moses, and the other “heroes of faith” honored in Hebrews 11. Remember Christ as he walked down the Via Dolorosa to Calvary and was nailed to that cross.
In Psalm 34:4 , the psalmist says, “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” Even Sir Winston Churchhill told us that “we have nothing to fear but fear itself.”
Freedom is available as soon as we surrender and let Christ forgive us, guide us, protect us and love us? Why then is fear and dread holding us back, keeping us from living the full life God has provided?
Gracious, loving Heavenly Father, we come to you asking to be enliven in our faith, belief and actions. We’re dead and ineffective to you because we have allowed fear to replace faith. We want to be faithful servants and witnesses who, by our example, bring you glory as others see us strong, creative, loving, joyful and faithful because of your presence in our lives. We want the world to see us as Positive Christian Women, alive through Christ.
Georgeanne, AKA Gigi, Falstrom lives in Irving, TX with her husband, Jim and two Wire Fox Terriers, Krissi and Kramer. She has one living son and three beautiful grandchildren. God called her to write devotions and inspirational messages thirty years ago as he demonstrated the true meaning of his grace, love, compassion and power in her life.
Our lesson this month at PWC is “Tools for the Times – Experiencing Peace through Difficulties.” See you soon. North Dallas: Tuesday, March 22 12:00 – 1:00 Prestonwood Country Club,
Allen: Wednesday, March 29 12:00 – 1:00 Cottonwood Creek