READ: Isaiah 41:13 For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
I can clearly remember the day I was diagnosed with an incurable bladder disease. I was 29-years-old with two little boys to raise. I can remember the doctor coming in my room after the procedure and telling me that I had this horrible disease. I told him that he had to be wrong because I had two little boys to raise up and I couldn't do that in my present condition.
The F-E-A-R that crept in me is hard for me to put into words. I lay in that bed alone, and FILLED TO THE BRIM WITH FEAR. I did not know how I was going to live, let alone function. I cried out to God that day and he showed up. A severe storm kicked up outside followed by God hanging the most beautiful rainbow outside of MY recovery room window. I knew it was for me because the nurses were all running to MY WINDOW to see it. In my heart I knew that God was saying, "You are in the midst of a storm right now, but the RAINBOW will appear". I knew that I was not alone.
Even though I clung to that - FEAR kept creeping back in. This was because this disease lasted 10 long and gruesome years for me. I learned many things during those 10 years. Some say I wouldn't be the same person today had I not walked through that and it might be true, but what a hard way to learn life lessons.
I learned a very important thing during this time - I learned that FEAR is really the opposite of FAITH. I had to learn to walk in FAITH and believe that God had good for me.
I know that many of my friends and lots of you that read this devotion everyday are going through very hard times. And sometimes your FEAR might seem like it's bigger than your FAITH. Today, I want to share with you a beautiful song by Zach Williams. I get choked up when I watch this video. Not because of my memories, but because I know that so many people in this world are broken much like this video portrays.
I want you to know today that God is bigger than your biggest fear. The fears and trials that you face - many times they just come straight from the devil and he's the biggest liar of all. He wants you to believe that what you are going through will never end - but that is not true. God wins and therefore as children of Him - WE WIN TOO!
Today - put your FAITH in the God who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think. Your Father has you in the palm of his hand.
The Lord is my light and my salvation ---- whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life ---- of whom shall I be afraid?