March 29, 2013

Because God is with us

By Natasha Weisenbeck, a junior public relations major from Clifton, Ill.
SCRIPTURE: Acts 10:34-43 (NRSV)
DEVOTIONAL:

I have been very anxious these past months as I have tried to figure out what to do with my summer. In addition, the fear of what to do after college began to creep into my skin as I fear being left jobless and worthless, possessing such a hodge-podge resume that nobody would want to hire me.

Too often I forget God wants me. If I want the plans he has for me, I must trust God in my deeds.

Jesus was scared too. In the garden, he asked for his responsibility to be eradicated. Was he afraid of death? A death which God planned to null and void in three days, a fact Jesus told his disciples frequently.

He knew the plan. He still had fear. But that fear was overcome.

Because God was with him. Because God has called us by name. Because he chooses no one based on their background or nation’s history, fear can be overcome.

Because God is with me and I choose to act in his ways, I need not fear.

Because God is with you today, I pray that you put down your anxieties.
I pray you know your worth and your opportunity despite your position.
I pray that you are able to do good with each day of your life.

Because God is with us.

SCRIPTURE: Acts 10:34-43 (NRSV)
Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.’

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Comments (10)

  1. God has often worked in some odd ways in my life, sometimes closing the doors I chose, in order to invite me to walk through others. Too often, I’ve balked & pouted for far too long. I’m only just now getting on track (see facebook.com/PeopleForPositiveAction). At 69, if I had it to do over, I hope I’d be more open & flexible – & do a whole lot less foot-dragging.

    Mary-Alice Shemo March 29, 2013 |
  2. Thank you for your wise words Natasha. They have blessed me today. Fear does not go away as one ages (in my experience). It is always welcome to be reminded of God’s care for me and presence in my life. I will trust and not be afraid!

    Mary Roth March 29, 2013 |
  3. God is using you. I hadn’t thought of Jesus’ fear in the light of his knowing in 3 days he would be glorified. This devotion touched my heart and mind. Have a blessed Easter.

    Pastor Karen March 29, 2013 |
  4. Well said, Natasha. I have enjoyed your participation in programs and activities at GC and CMC. Doors are opening for you. Don’t be afraid to enter. You have a solid education, you are curious & inquisitive & intelligent. Your future is bright! God IS with YOU.

    Melissa Kinsey March 29, 2013 |
  5. Thank you for this wonderful reminder, Natasha. God is with us and for us; who could stand against us?

    Leanna Teodosio March 29, 2013 |
  6. Thank you! That was a very direct word to me and ministered to a very legitimate fear that I am presently dealing with!! God bless you for being used by God for one of his sheep :)

    Roseanne March 29, 2013 |
  7. Natasha — if the income for your next year is not an issue, I think you also consider time for rest and renewal — viewing the beauty of the natural world, reading a book that is entirely UNLIKE anything among your assigned readings, spending time merely meditating on a verse of scripture within its context. Blessings on your as you “spend” your summer and as you take up your next year of preparing for the work to which you are called.

    Norm Morford March 29, 2013 |
  8. If a job doesn’t pan out right away how about a mission trip to Haiti?? (I am sticking my neck out here, because this is a pretty crazy comment to leave but it seemed like more than a passing thought when I read your message for today…so I’ll just go ahead and send!) trip being planned for Nov. ’13, no firm dates yet.

    Diana Thomas March 29, 2013 |
  9. Thank you for a well, written, helpful meditation. We all need to be reminded that God is with each of us, indeed. Blessings to you in your future plans.

    Mary Jo Short March 29, 2013 |
  10. Your meditation was helpful to me. As I look back on the times in my life when I was afraid of what the future had in store for me I am reminded that God’s plan for me was much better than what I had in mind. Remember that He has callled you by name and will continue to guide you, one step at a time.

    Mary K. Mishler March 29, 2013 |