Having a relationship with God means we can fully trust and believe His Word. Remember from John 1, The Word IS God. When He speaks, it is so! Doubting is arbitrary.
As I read the beginning of this devotion from Pastor Jon Courson, It Struck me! What struck me? Well, Ill tell you. In Daniel 10:18-19, it says that the angel came to Daniel, who was weak, and told Him to be strong. When this was spoken, He was strengthened. Daniel welcomed this of course. What is important to me today that God’s literal words to us literally do something to us and for us. It is never arbitrary to speak His Word. Where God says to be strong and of good courage, let’s take these words by faith and really expect and then notice this take place in us! He tells us not to be afraid. God is with you and me.
Daily Devotion by Jon Courson
Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me, and said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me.
His strength sapped, an angel comes and tells Daniel to be strong, to not be afraid, that he is greatly loved.
“No wonder an angel came to Daniel,” you might say. “He was a great man, loved by God. But me? I’m weak. I struggle. The Lord would never speak to me or be able to use me.” But check this out: the same angel ministering to Daniel, a messenger angel known as Gabriel, later came to Mary and said, “Hail, thou that art highly favored,” or literally, greatly loved. Then he shared with her how she was chosen among all women to bring forth the Christ child (Luke 1). Charitoo, the Greek word translated “highly favored,” appears only one other place in the New Testament . . .
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. Ephesians 1:6
The same word spoken to Daniel and to Mary is spoken concerning you. This means you’re loved every bit as much as Daniel. You’re favored every bit as much as Mary. Because you are in Christ, He’ll come to you and use you as surely as He did them.