Be Strong - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Be Strong

With Tiffany Crawford

June 5, 2020

Do you have a fixer in your life? My husband, because he loves me, he wants to fix my problems. He’s by nature a fixer. When I’m scared about something, he wants to fix it, so I’m not afraid.

However, most times, I don’t need him to fix my problems. I need Him to love me and to point me back to the one who is our ultimate protector.

Isaiah 35:4 says, “Say to those who have an anxious heart, ‘Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.’”

That verse reminds me of two things: First, sometimes, we don’t need the fix. We just need an encouraging word. What’s that encouraging Word? God’s Word.

The second thing it reminds me of is that God is there for me. He’s there for you. No matter what problem you're facing. No matter what fear you’re experiencing, Be strong and fear not! God is there!

Whatever it is you’re facing today, I’m sorry. I know it is hard and can be overwhelming but be encouraged. God loves you. He cares for you. He is and always will be there for you.

Text in Context: Read Isaiah 35

Reflect: What does this passage teach you about God? What does this passage teach you about God’s people?

Respond: How does this passage strengthen your view of God? How does this passage change how you view your circumstances?

Prayer: Father, you are my deliverer and protector. I do not need to fear. Thank you for watching over me. Amen.

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2 years ago
Nat: I believe it has a lot to do with the Nativity Story: God,Holy Spirit, Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. God turned everything around from what everyone was used to at that time; religion, traditional ways, etc. He impregnated Mary, before she became Joseph's wife. Therefore, Mary had Jesus, trusted fully in God, and Joseph carried out his responsibilities as her husband. The Holy Spirit came upon Mary first of all. And Jesus was given to them as a couple. Joseph heard from God, listened, and obeyed His voice, so that he could do his part. They looked to God together as their Source for all things. I believe that's what you said. It sounds the same now. Thanks for your patience
2 years ago
Nat: Thank you for your viewpoint regarding marriage/love/husband/wife; help from God, etc. I will take a bit of time with this until I get a clear answer. Forgive me for not getting the point yet. Thanks for responding to my question.
2 years ago
Hi Tiffany: I agree that your husband should, according to God's Word, "love you", and yes, I believe that the two of you will always benefit in going to God first, as your Source for all things, but I am a little bit confused. His wanting to "fix" things for you........make you feel better..........isn't that his way of "loving" you? Isn't he "caring" for you? This is a big topic with me and a few friends. How does a husband "love" his wife? If he points you to God for your comfort, etc., isn't that more like separating, instead of coming together before God? I know that each of us needs to go to God individually too. Would you be okay with giving me your perspective on this? thank you. MargeB
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2 years ago
Hey Marjorie. Thanks for your question. Tiffany's point is that God is the ultimate source of our hope and comfort. Our source of happiness cannot be a spouse, child, etc. It is God. From that love of God flows the ability to love others and receive love freely. So, do I desire to help Tiffany practically? Yes, and I do. Does she value that? Yes, she does. But my goal should not be to fix the least not immediately. Instead, it's to be there, listen, point her to God as the ultimate source of hope and peace. Then am I free to begin to help to find a solution.
2 years ago
Thanks for the Lord, my Lord, will never leave me and He Will Walker with me through my trials. I will not be afraid! Amen
2 years ago
it is so easy to believe we can solve all our problems but then God shows us that we need him thanks for the encouraging word may God continue to bless your marriage and you ministry.
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