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October 12, 2020 8:00 pm
South African Fredie Blom turned 114 in 2018, widely recognized as the oldest living man. Born in 1904, the year the Wright Brothers built their Flyer II, he’s lived through both World Wars, apartheid, and the Great Depression. When asked for the secret for his longevity, Blom only shrugs. Like many of us, he hasn’t always chosen the foods and practices that promote wellness. However, Blom does offer one reason for his remarkable health: “There’s only one thing, it’s [God]. He’s got all the power . . . He holds me.”
Blom echoes words similar to what God spoke to Israel, as the nation wilted under the oppression of fierce enemies. “I will strengthen you and help you,” God promised. “I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (v. 10). No matter how desperate their situation, how impossible the odds that they would ever find relief, God assured His people that they were held in His tender care. “Do not fear, for I am with you,” God insisted. “Do not be dismayed, for I am your God” (v. 10).
No matter how many years we’re given, life’s hardships will come knocking at our door. A troubled marriage. A child abandoning the family. Terrifying news from the doctor. Even persecution. However, our God reaches out to us and holds us firm. He gathers us and holds us in His strong, tender hand.
Thanks for joining us for today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread, a reading titled God holds us, was written by Wayne collier South African Freddie Blom turned 114 and 2018, widely recognized as the oldest living man born in 1904, the year the Wright brothers built their flyer to he's lived through both world wars, apartheid and the Great Depression.
When asked for the secret for his longevity. Blom only shrugs like many of us. He hasn't always chosen the foods and practices that promote wellness. However, Blom does offer one reason for his remarkable health. There is only one thing, it's God he's got all the power he holds me Blom echoes word similar to what God spoke to Israel as the nation wilted under the oppression of fierce enemies. I will strengthen you and help you God promised in Isaiah 41, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. No matter how desperate their situation. How impossible.
The odds that they would ever find relief, God assured his people that they were held in his tender care.
Do not fear, for I am with you. He insisted do not be dismayed, for I am your God. No matter how many years we are given life's hardships will come knocking at our door. A troubled marriage, a child abandoning the family terrifying news from the doctor even persecution. However, our God reaches out to us and holds us firmly gathers us and holds us in his strong tender hand.
Today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from Isaiah chapter 41 verses one through 10. Be silent before me, you islands let the nations renew their strength. Let them come forward and speak. Let us meet together at the place of judgment, who has stirred up one from the east, calling him in righteousness to his service.
He hands nations over to him and subdues kings before him, he turns them to dust with his sword to windblown chaff with his bow. He pursues them and moves on.
Unscathed by a path. His feet have not traveled before who has done this and carried it through, calling forth the generations from the beginning I the Lord with the first of them, and with the last I am he. The islands have seen it and fear the ends of the earth tremble, they approach and come forward. They help each other and say to their companions, be strong. The metalworker encourages the Goldsmith and the one who smooths with the hammer spurs on the one who strikes the Danville one says of the welding.
It is good the other nails down the idol so it will not topple what you Israel, my servant Jacob whom I have chosen you descendents of Abraham. My friend, I took you from the ends of the earth from its farthest corners.
I called you I said you are my servant, I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Let's pray father sometimes it can feel like we're just hanging on by a thread and with one wrong move our entire life could come crashing down around us in times like this. We pray that you would give us the assurance and strength we need to continue on knowing you will never abandon us. Thank you Lord it's in Jesus name we pray. Amen. Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries