Posted by Pastoral Musings on 10th March 2012
“fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right
This week has not been easy for me. I will not go into the details, because that would break the confidence that the congregation I shepherd has in me. Nevertheless, the week has been rough.
I’ve struggled with doubt, anger, fear, and a general malaise. That is exactly what I should not be doing, but I find that almost three years of depression have left me weakened. Though much improved over the last year, I still struggle.
Thankfully I find signs of improvement almost every week. This past week I have found that the Word of God comes to mind a little more often than it did for quite some time. I find myself able to meditate on Scripture a little more. That is very helpful.
This happened in the nick of time, too. This morning I remembered the Word of the Father to Israel
“fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10, ESV)
And so also shall He be with the Israel of God who belongs to Him by faith. How do we know that? His own promise.
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” (Hebrews 13:5–6, AV 1873)
Let us take comfort, whatever we may be going through, that the Father has said, “I am with you.”