This is an Old Testament promise that God made with ancient Israel, but it still applies to the character of God today. There’s no need to be afraid or distraught because he is with us. He will never leave us or forsake us, so we can trust in him to “uphold,” “strengthen,” and “help us.”
Isaiah 41:10 Devotional Applications:
The application here is to trust God and not fear. That doesn’t feel very practical, so I’ll take it down a level. We can trust God by taking risks and steps of faith for him. You may not always be comfortable talking to strangers about our faith, and we may feel like we don’t know what to say, but that’s a time where we can trust God.
We can rise above fear by prayer and spending time with God. Since we know God is going to help us, our trials are just a matter of praying rather than worrying. As we spend time with him, we can get more comfortable in tough situations.
Thank you for upholding, strengthening, and helping me. Because of your love, I don’t need to fear and I can trust you. Your perfect love gives me the strength to face each and every day, and it’s for that I’m thankful. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
This is a part of the Old Testament that everyone in Israel would know. It’s something called the “shema.” It’s a prayer that everyone in ancient Israel would have prayed all the time – a declaration of commitment to the Lord, to love him with all their heart, soul, and strength.
Deuteronomy 6:5 Devotional Applications:
Jesus quotes this verse again in the gospels. Even without that, this verse still applies today. We should want to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and strength. We can do that by worshipping him (both in church and out of church), spending time with God daily, and giving our best in our relationships and at work.
Help me to love you with all my heart, soul, and strength. I give you every part of me knowing that you love me and have the best in mind for me. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
The writer is emphasizing that there is no other source of salvation except through Jesus. God gave us Jesus so we may be restored to him through Jesus’ sacrifice.
Acts 4:12 Devotional Applications:
There is no real application to verses about salvation; we just have to accept it. So I encourage you to reflect today and enjoy the free gift of salvation.
Thank you, Lord, for saving me. There’s nothing I did to deserve the love you give me, and yet you so freely give me all I need. Help me to never take that for granted. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
The author is saying that there is no God besides the God of Israel. In the same breath, they write that God is faithful and he keeps his promises for those who love him.
Deuteronomy 7:9 Devotional Applications:
This is an Old Testament promise, so it applies as it is to the people of Israel. However, for those of us in the New Covenant, we can replace “keep his commandments” with “love Jesus.” Jesus is the fulfillment of the commandments, so we please the Lord through our love for Jesus and for others. We can love Jesus by worshipping him and spending time with him daily.
Thank you for your faithfulness, God. I’m thankful for the promises that you keep and those that you will keep in the future. Help me to love you and others well; keep me within your will. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
It’s an understatement to say Job was having a tough time when he said this. It should be encouraging to us, though, that even in the midst of Job’s greatest trials, he could look forward to the coming of Jesus and his future salvation. He knew that no matter what happened, his life was in the hands of his redeemer.
Job 19:25 Devotional Applications:
We can take courage from Job’s account. It’s unlikely that anyone reading this is going through a similar level of disaster Job went through, so we can take his cue in how we worship the Lord. Let’s look forward to what he’s going to do in the future while not ignoring what he’s doing within us now.
Thank you for the example of Job. Help me to model my response to trials in the same way. I want to be ever optimistic knowing that the best is yet to come. As long as I have breath in my lungs, you aren’t done with me. Thank you for that truth. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.