The Lord goes out like a mighty man, like a man of war he stirs up his zeal; he cries out, he shouts aloud, he shows himself mighty against his foes. (Isaiah 42:13 ESV)
From my friend, Ryan:
I was sitting in a Starbucks on my lunch break, 1,700 miles from home, while I was reading this passage. There was a lot on my mind. Was the new house my wife and I found going to come through? Were we going to be able to sell our house back home in time? Basically, I was doing a lot of worrying. Then, this passage showed up as a part of my daily reading, and it was already underlined from previous readings. We had even used it as a devotion before! But this time, as God does, he used this passage to comfort me in ways it hadn’t before.
Why was I worried about all that was happening when I serve the God who can defeat any enemy in a battle if he so desires? There is something that brings about confidence in a country’s people when they see their military might rightly at work. There is a peace and confidence in their people that their government will take care of them. As Christians, we can have confidence in our God in the same manner. As the worries of this life wash over you, one thing to remember is that we can have confidence in our God who shows himself mighty against our foes.
Lastly, remember that God can speak differently to you through Scripture you’ve read your entire life, like he did with me. As you read familiar passages in your Bible, ask God to bring them into fresh light for you, because the Bible is deep and inexhaustible.