“I will go before you and make the crooked places straight…” Isaiah 45:2
Do you ever feel like every time you try to move forward in something, you hit a roadblock? Something happens that throws you off course. Be encouraged, God is going before you. He’s preparing a way. He’s making your crooked places straight. He’s making your rough places smooth.
You may be going through a difficult path right now. You may feel like you’re in a dry season, but don’t look at your circumstances. Look at the promise of God.
Keep your faith! Thank Him for making your crooked places straight! As you do that, you’ll move forward in joy and gladness into the blessed future He has prepared for you!
You may be in the midst of a crucial decision, or you may be seeking God for some specific direction in your life. He wants you to know His will. He is interested in every detail of life. He promises to guide you and reveal His will to you as your Instructor and Counsellor. He is constantly watching over you for that very purpose. But He wants you to be open-hearted and responsive.
“Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by the bit and bridle or they will not come to you.” (Psalm 32:9) The Holy Spirit lives within you to reveal God’s will to you and He enables you joyfully to fulfill it.
In His presence, there is an exceeding joy that can’t be compared. It’s not found in the things we can acquire. It’s not found in the sports we watch. It’s not found in anything the world can offer. His word says that in HIS presence is the fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11).
How do you get into His presence? Just come to Him in prayer. Anytime you go before Him and pray, the Lord is near. When He is present before you, everything that seemed heavy becomes light. You sense His love, His power, His comfort, and His strength and finally- His joy.
The Bible says, “We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10).
In other words “we are His work of art.” The psalmist wrote, “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous — how well I know it” (Psalm 139:13–14).
So why are we here on earth? To fulfill a master plan-A plan unique for each one of us. Even before we were conceived in our mother’s womb we were conceived in the heart of God for this very purpose. It’s incredible, but true.
Our Heavenly Father is zealous for the protection of His children. Anyone who harms His people touches the Lord. How you treat the Lord’s children could determine whether you are blessed or cursed. The Lord promises to protect His children against every attack of their enemies.
The Bible says that anyone who touches and harms the people of God touches the “apple of the Lord’s eye.” (Zechariah 2:8) God warns us, “If you touch My people you are poking your finger into My eye. Imagine the consequence of doing that. Let these words serve as a warning; at the same time, may all who are suffering harm be comforted.
The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. (Isaiah 40:28)
Isaiah 40 draws a picture of the caring nature of our God- Who is awesome in power, robed in majesty and splendor, Creator of the universe but One who seeks to comfort and help His people. Who “tends His flock like a shepherd” and “gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart.” (40:11) Who strengthens those who are weak and too weary to go on. And when we hope in Him, He renews our strength like the eagles, so we could run and not grow weary, walk and not faint.
Psalm 121 is my favorite psalm as it speaks so much about the character of our Lord. I often need to be reminded that the Lord is my Helper. He is the powerful God who watches over not only the entire universe, but He also watches over me! What comfort these truths bring to my soul. He cares about every detail of my life. When I’m weary and I’m in the valley, I know that the help I need comes from God.
Prayer: Thank You God, that I can look to You. I’m grateful that You are bigger than my trials, my fears and my struggles. I trust in You and I look to You alone for the hope and strength I need. In Jesus’ Name. Amen
When it comes to the battles we face, anyone can walk away. It takes no courage to walk away. It’s a lot less painful to turn our backs and leave. We may not have the courage to face up to the enemy. But our God provides a well of strength that we can draw from anytime we need. He gives courage to all who say “I cannot do this alone.”
God assures us that the war won’t be easy but promises us that if we hide ourselves in Him He will fight the battle for us and let us share in the victory. Don’t give up. Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. Exodus 14:13