Today’s Bible passages are: Numbers 17-18, Psalm 55, Isaiah 7, and James 1

Isaiah 7 artBy Jo Miller, guest contributor

As I read today’s Scripture, I was overwhelmed by the goodness of God’s word, by all the amazing things He shares with us. But the verse that my mind kept going back to was Isaiah 7:4 where God says to Isaiah to tell Ahaz, “Keep calm and don’t be afraid”(NIV).
Now I don’t know if you have noticed all the posters that have been so popular recently with the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ or any of the other modified slogans. “Really Jo”, I said to myself, “You’re really going to hop on that band wagon.” I have never really appreciated all the different versions of this logo and didn’t even know where the slogan originated; so I looked it up. Apparently, ‘keep calm and carry on’ was part of a slogan campaign the British Ministry of Information came up with to boost the morale of the citizens in the face of war. The government considered it the duty of the people to continue on in the midst of the inevitable bombing and gas attacks.
It seems that the campaign was a huge failure and the poster was never actually displayed in spite of thousands being printed.
I think the reason the slogan failed for the British government was because they had no power to control the threat or the future. Their words were powerless, hollow sentiments. The people had no trust in the government for protection and peace.
Ahaz could trust the word of God. But when God spoke this assurance to Ahaz, He had and has every power and wisdom to carry out His word.
And so can we, the children of God, because, our trust is in God the Father. Our trust is in Jesus Christ. Our trust is in the indwelling Holy Spirit. Our God will accomplish what He says; He will be faithful to His word. And His word encourages us to not be afraid (Deuteronomy 1:29), to take heart (John 16:33), do not worry (Matt 6:34), do not fret (Psalm 31:7), but to have peace (John 14:27). All of this because our God “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.” (Ephesians 3:20)
So when you feel as if the walls are exploding around you, like the enemy is invading from all sides, or as if you cannot make it through the fumes surrounding you, remember, our imperative comes from God, the Creator and Controller of the universe. He says to His children, “Be careful, keep calm and don’t be afraid.”
This encouragement comes from the King, himself, and is meant for you!

Today’s Question: In what circumstances do you need to keep calm and not be afraid today?

Jo Miller did not find her love of creating letters until later in life, but when she looks back, she sees it deeply rooted within. As a calligraphic artist, she is passionate about letters, words and art. Her inspiration comes in the shape of individual letters or the texture of letters together. You can find Jo’s work at MillerLine Design, a modest calligraphic art studio that specializes in calligraphy, hand bound books, and calligraphic art prints. You can view and purchase Jo’s art at MillerLineDesign.com/blog and on her Etsy store, Miller Line.

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1 Comment

  1. I love this. Thanks for the background info, and for pointing us to the real source of our trust! (And for the record, I think my favorite spin-off of this slogan is Keep Calm and Eat a Cupcake.) :)

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