God Is With Us

God Is With Us

A white dove in flight
Enemy soldiers will cover Judah like a flood reaching up to your neck. But God is with us. He will spread his wings and protect our land.—Isaiah 8:8 CEV

The Assyrians were about to invade Judah like an overflowing river. The smaller nation could do nothing to defend itself against this giant empire. Life looked bleak indeed.

Caregivers know something of how Judah felt. We’ve all faced bleak moments, days, and months. The giants of age, disease, and injury seem incredibly powerful as they invade our lives. Often the outcome seems doubtful, even hopeless.

Then we read the second half of this verse: “But God is with us.” We’re reminded of the Hebrew word for “God is with us,” from its use in the Christmas story: Immanuel. And then we remember that when life is at its worst, Jesus is right beside us—on our worst days, when the news is not good, when we’ve just grabbed the knot at the end of our rope. We can’t go any further, but we don’t need to. All we have to do is reach out for Him. He’ll spread His wings over us and “protect our land”—whether that’s our physical, emotional, or spiritual property.

Nothing lies beyond God’s control. Under His wings, we are always safe. God never deserts His children.

Today's Prayer:

Thank You, Lord, for spreading Your wings over my most terrible days.

Adapted from Strength & Grace: Daily Devotions for Caregivers, a new publication from Guideposts