Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

It’s not always easy for me to trust God and follow him. There are tough patches of life that drain me and test my faith. It certainly isn’t easy to trust when my relationships and my job have been on unstable ground. It’s hard to hold fast to that faith. It’s easier to worry and become discouraged.

God says, “I am with you.” He is with me. No matter what I go through, he is by my side. It doesn’t matter if I can’t pay my mortgage, he is with me. No matter if the world seems to be against me, he is with me. I don’t need to fear. No matter if I hear more criticism than encouragement about my work, or my family, or whatever, I don’t need to be discouraged. He is my God – he is in control of it all. All I need to do is have faith and trust his promises.

The best part is that I don’t have to do it alone. He gives me the strength I need when I don’t feel I can take another step. He helps me in those times when I want to give up. He holds me up to see the fruits of my work and find victory when I do what I do as service to him. I can trust him.

By Eric Scott

a software developer, weekend home project worker, backyard athlete and father of five. He is a serving elder at his church in Apple Valley, Minnesota, where he also works with the youth group.