Bible Passage for Meditation: Isa. 49:14-16
Key Verse: “Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.” Isa. 49:16
Today, my schedule was changed. I had to call in sick for work, and I was so engulfed with thoughts of extra hours I would have to put in to make up for the lost time, that even while lying in bed, I was upset with myself for being sick.
It is so easy for me to become anxious and to worry about my long “to do” lists each day. I like to be organized, and I tend to plan things well in advance to avoid the “unfortunate” surprise that comes with a change in circumstances. However, sometimes this need for structure comes in direct contradiction with God’s will and His purpose for me.
Today, the Lord graciously reminded me of the promises in His word: “Be still, [Shanter], and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10), “For [I] will perfect the things concerning you!” (Psalm 138:8) “I have graven you upon the palms of My hands and your walls are continually before Me” (Isaiah 49:16). Put your trust in Me!”
Things may not be going according to my plan, but I feel encouraged knowing that my Lord, Immanuel, is with me. I am constantly a “nail print” reminder in the palms of His hands. His Word promises that He cannot, and will not forget me! He is constantly aware of my needs. I am grateful for His grace that promises to sustain me in all circumstances and the fact that He has not failed me yet.
So no matter what you face today, don’t panic, don’t stress. God is in control, and He has got you in His hands. And no matter what our church faces, He promises that He will see us through. Let’s keep praying and claiming the promises of His Word!
Heart Prayer Challenge:
Father, we thank You that Your Word never fails, and though we cannot see what the future holds, You assure us that You are already there! Help us as we journey together over these 100 days of prayer to surrender each day of our plans to You, and to rest firmly on Your promise to perfect all things concerning us. Thank You that You hold us in Your hands. Thank You that You are working on behalf of our church, and that You hear each prayer we pray. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
By Shanter Alexander
(Shanter, a native of St. Lucia, an island in the West Indies, is a psychologist who lives and works in Michigan. She has been involved with prayer leadership both locally and in division events across the ocean. To read more of Shanter’s testimony, CLICK HERE.)