Carried

God is our refuge and strength, a tested help in times of trouble. And so we need not fear even if the world blows up, and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam; let the mountains tremble!

There is a river of joy flowing through the City of our God - the sacred home of the God above all gods. God himself is living in that City; therefore it stands unmoved despite the turmoil everywhere. He will not delay his help. The nations rant and rave in anger - but when God speaks, the earth melts in submission and kingdoms totter into ruin.

The Commander of the armies of heaven is here among us. He, the God of Jacob, has come to rescue us. Psalm 46: 1-7 (TLB)

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31: 8 (NIV)



Steven Scheid is from Tennessee. When he was eight years old, he fell on a broken bottle; the glass cut his knee to the bone. The doctors stitched up his wound and wrapped his leg from his hip to below his knee. Every night his dad had to carry him up the stairs to bed. The first morning when he carried me back down, Steven looked at the bottom of the stairs and grabbed his neck tightly. Dad said, "I've got you." The fear let go, and so did Steven. He doesn't remember the trips up or down for the next six weeks.

Before Steven accepted Christ into his life, he was living with the same sense of panic. He felt that first time his dad carried him down the stairs. He was wounded and figuratively immobile. There seemed no way for him to simply rest - no place to be at peace. But when God called to him, "Do not be afraid," Steven's sense of relief was profound. Steven let go, and God has carried him ever since.

How about you? Are you in a state of panic, especially with all that is going on these days? Sometimes it is easier to say it than to do it, but try to let go and let God! It will give you a peace beyond understanding.

Prayer: Loving God, thank you for carrying and holding us. When we have fallen, when we are broken, when we can no longer move, you call, "Do not be afraid." In every situation of our lives help us to rest in you, in Jesus' name, amen.

Let's us find time to rest and find peace in God!

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