Daily Devotionals

Campfire Stories: Week 5 - Monday

It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. Isaiah 6:1

Have you ever been rock climbing? I have gathered up all of my courage and rock climbed only one time in my life, and I do not care ever to attempt such a feat again. Let me explain. Rock climbing terrified me. No, it was not the height of the wall or the difficulty of the activity that terrified me. What scared me was trusting the rope that was connecting me to the wall to support me as I made my way down the wall. Typically, when people reach the top of the wall while rock climbing, they put their feet against the wall, lean back, and push their feet against the wall, trusting the rope to pull them down and support them until they reach the ground. I did not, however, trust the rope. I was afraid the rope would let me down and break, causing me to fall. Instead of trusting the rope to bring me down the wall, when I reached the top, I climbed all the way back down. The irony of the situation is that because I did not trust the rope to support me, I was making my descent down the wall much more difficult than it needed to be.

Have you ever been there? Maybe you are not terrified of a rope letting you down while you are rock climbing, but have you ever been let down? Maybe a person let you down, or perhaps you felt let down by your circumstances (poor health, a financial crisis, the end of an important friendship, etc.). The prophet Isaiah understood what it feels like to be let down. When King Uzziah died, Israel was without a leader, and suddenly Isaiah and his people fell upon uncertain times. During this time of uncertainty, Isaiah set an example: he turned to the Lord. He had a vision where he saw the Lord, sitting on a throne. This vision must have assured Isaiah of the Lord's power and control, even during this time of uncertainty and confusion for Isaiah.

Like Isaiah, when we are facing a time of difficulty, uncertainty and confusion, we, too, can look to Jesus because He is in control. We may not see visions of Jesus like Isaiah did, but the New Testament gives us a picture of Jesus while He lived on this earth (John 1:14). We learn that he had power and strength that left people shocked and amazed. He had power over the wind, waves, sickness, and even death. Jesus still has that power today. He will never let us down. He is still on the throne, and we can trust Him.

Moving Toward Action

Do you feel let down by your circumstances? It may be tempting to turn to other things for comfort (friends, food, social media, etc.), but we have a better option. Turn to Jesus. He is in control and He has power over your situation. Trust His power and control over your life. Sometimes it can be difficult to see that God is in control when you are facing a difficult situation. When this happens, we may need other people to show us that God is still working in our lives. Call a friend today who knows you well. Tell them you are having trouble remembering that God is in control of your circumstance. Ask them to remind you of how God has been working in your life. He will never let you down. Will you trust Him?

Going Deeper

Read Matthew 8:23-27 (NLT)

Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.

The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!”