Wednesday Devotional
“If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all” (Isaiah 7:9).  The threats are real and if we dwell on all the bad things that could happen, we will grow more anxious.  We may even come to the point where we can’t even function because of the weight of the world.  King Ahab was wavering in his faith in God.  He was looking for help from outside sources.  The kings of Israel and Aram wanted him to join them.  King Ahab wanted to join forces with Egypt.  The growing Assyrian Empire was threatening them all.  God sent the prophet Isaiah to tell King Ahab to stand firm in his faith.  God was in control.  God was not threatened.  Isaiah continues to tell Ahab that a child would be born and named Immanuel with means “God is with us.”  The child named Immanuel would be a sign from God to Ahab.  During the Christmas season we recognize that God sent Jesus as a sign to us that the Immanuel has been born for the whole world. When we put our faith in God we can withstand the threats of the world.

Dear God, help me to stand firm in my faith in you.  When I feel threatened, gently remind me that you are with me.  Amen.