Last night at prayer chapel, a few of us gathered around, reflecting on the burdens facing the people of our church. Hearts were heavy as we shared. As we were speaking I was reminded of something I tell people all the time: when God moves, the enemy mobilizes too. As I thought about that, God was pouring into my heart, and I was fighting being distracted by that as I listened to the others speak.
As the the others began to pray, God began to remind me that He is a PRESENT God, meaning that He is not aloof, He is here with us. Sometimes, we feel so small in this world. We feel powerless and without hope – insignificant, without impact. We may as well be a little worm, living our life hapless in a dark world.
13 For I am the LORD, your God,
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.
14 Do not be afraid, O worm Jacob,
O little Israel,
for I myself will help you,” declares the LORD,
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
No matter how “small” we are, we are made mighty because God is our strength. We are made confident because He is our joy.
I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs.
Desolation is real – but so is God’s ability to bring abundant life in the worst desolation.