Today’s Scripture: Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10

The rain beat against the window pane as the wind howled and the thunder crashed. The little boy lay in bed with the covers tightly pulled over his head. He had surrounded himself with the comfort of his stuffed animals but to no avail. Finally, he called to his mother, who quickly appeared in his doorway. “Mama, Mama, can you please, please, please stay in my room?”

Knowing that at some point the child was going to need to overcome his fear of storms, she responded, “Honey, you’re gonna be just fine. I have to stay in daddy’s room.” Without missing a beat, the little boy mumbled under his breath, “Daddy’s a big sissy!”

Sometimes we are so afraid of the storms we are going through in life that we forget God wants to shower us with blessings if we choose to trust in Him. We do not need to fear. When your circumstances appear hopeless, turn to Jesus. Trust, seek, and pray for God’s blessing in the hard times. All will be made right. God wants to give you the desires of your heart. He is not an angry ogre sitting on a cloud desiring for you to be miserable-He wants you to have showers of blessing. God is still on the throne, and you can always find strength in Him. Trust Him, and you will be blessed.

Think about this question: How do you respond in the hard times? Consider the way you would react if you were Daniel in the lion’s den, David being pursued by Saul, or Paul or Silas sitting in jail. Would you trust the Lord? Your money may be running out, your job may have disappeared, or those you love may have turned against you. No matter how desolate your future may seem, make the decision to trust. Read Psalm 20 and 21. Your God is not going to leave you in the storm forever. Sometimes the greatest victories emerge from what appears to be defeat.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder