“In that day, everyone in the land of Judah will sing this song: Our city is strong! We are surrounded by the walls of God’s salvation. Open the gates to all who are righteous; allow the faithful to enter. You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock. Lord, we show our trust in you by obeying your laws; our heart’s desire is to glorify your name.” Isaiah 26:1-8 NLT
Am I building walls around my mind to keep the enemy out? Or am I willingly letting him in? These questions come to my mind as I read these verses. I let my guard down and fear can creep in when I least expect it. Isaiah 26:3 has been a refuge to me when I am going through a dark time. It reminds me that trust is greater than fear. And I ask Jesus to fill me again.
“The humble will be filled with fresh joy from the Lord. The poor will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. That is why the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, says to the people of Israel, “My people will no longer be ashamed or turn pale with fear. For when they see their many children and all the blessings I have given them, they will recognize the holiness of the Holy One of Jacob. They will stand in awe of the God of Israel.” Isaiah 29:19, 22-23 NLT
I am in a season where I am in need of fresh joy. There has been hard battles fought in my family and I am weary. But, these verses give me hope. I see God working in our midst and I am in awe. He still does miracles today. He still restores and makes broken things whole. May I never grow tired of that.
“But everyone knows that you are obedient to the Lord. That makes me very happy. I want you to be wise in doing right and to stay innocent of any wrong. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. May the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.” Romans 16:19 NLT
Dear Father, thank you for your faithfulness. I am humbled by how you would use someone like me. Thank you for always directing my path. Help me to fill my mind with your word. This is the true battle. Thank you for your promises to always be with me. Amen.