“10 ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10 NASB).’”
Do not fear; do not look anxiously about because I am your God. He will uphold those who are His by the power of His hand. Our blessed hope in His eternal promise to His children. Jesus, our Savior, has made these words full of vibrance as He directs my path.
I began my career as a public-school teacher. I had 17 years’ experience working in this field. God blessed me with a loving wife and two daughters. We were content and secure. Yet, I always felt as if something was slightly askew, in the sense that I was missing something. At the time, I could not discern what was missing. Looking back, I now liken it to an experience similar to Samuel (1 Samuel 3). Like Samuel, I heard a voice, not audibly, calling my name. For a time, I even tried to ignore the call, not recognizing who was calling. The more I ignored the call, the louder and more persistent the call became. Finally, rather than running, I said “Speak Lord, your servant is listening (1 Samuel 3:9).”
Since that moment, God has taken the reigns of my life leading my family down a path that He has forged. We have been through trials that seemed insurmountable, but God. But God and only God can be credited with the strength to see us through. He has made the words of the prophet Isaiah alive in my life and I give Him all praise and honor for the privilege of being called a child of the King!
-To Christ be the Glory!
At 33 my life took an unexpected turn. I was exceedingly blessed with my wife and two children. Blessed with a job I enjoyed. Good pay, great benefits and guaranteed security with 15 years of Federal pension already earned. Three years earlier we purchased our first home on an acre of Maine hardwoods and evergreens.
Because of my experience growing up, I wanted nothing to do with organized religion. I still believed in God as the creator, preserver and governor of all earth, but wasn’t worshipping Him.
I was convicted of my selfish behavior in the basement of our home. Receiving great blessing from God and not giving Him the time of day. In my repentance I asked for forgiveness and inquired of the Lord, “What will You have me do?” Not in an audible voice but in my spirit (conscience), I heard, “I will have you.”
That was in 1988 and our lives (mine and my wife’s) have been His ever since. Jesus is our Lord and we are His by grace.
-Pastor Chris Smith
You can contact Pastor Corby via his office phone at 717-933-4926.