Tuesday, January 10th, 2023
Last week, the nation prayed for Damar Hamlin and before our very eyes, in only a matter of days, he was healed. In studying the Bible, Old or New Testament, one can see events carefully orchestrated by God's will that result in a decision for those who behold it: will they give the glory to God or give glory elsewhere? What's more, one can sometimes see a juxtaposition of emotional outpouring: the visceral outpouring in times of great strife compared to the often lesser or non-existent outpouring of praise upon God moving to save them. Much of the Old Testament shows Israel crying out to the Lord for saving, then falling back to idolatry and God-denying ways upon rescue. May we never be the type of believers who cry out to God in anguish but withhold our cries of praise! Or worse yet, heap praise on creation rather than our Creator, thereby denying who is ultimately responsible for miracles. The power of prayer was on full display last week, and it is incumbent upon believers to testify of God's movement in the life of Damar Hamlin. God says, "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Today, give glory, honor, and praise to God for who He is and how He acts in grace and love for us; but also, witness to a move of God through prayer in the public consciousness of our nation.
"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." - Isaiah 41:10