August 18

Written by Bill Grandi on August 18th, 2022

When I began my series on The Trail, I said on Day 1 that there might be times I interrupt with some other devotion. Today is one of those times. Jo and I are heading off to Ohio this morning with plans to visit her sister (diagnosed with Alzheimer’s now) tomorrow; spend time with Janna and her friend, Mike, on Friday evening; then watch Braden play JV football on Saturday morning before heading back home for me to preach on Sunday. (You can say a prayer for this old man’s strength on Sunday morning). 🙂

Anyway,  one of the things I said is that I was not going to stop what I normally did in my Encounter Time, which always includes reading Scripture. I am currently in Isaiah and Luke. My goal is to finished both the Old and New Testament before the end of the year.  We will see…

I was reading Isaiah 43 yesterday and debated on using it then or waiting until today when my ability to respond is limited. So…today it is.   Here is what I highlighted…and I hope it “speaks” to your heart as well:

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you. For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior…Since you are precious in my sight, since you are honored and I love you, I will give other people in your place and other nations in exchange for your life. Do not fear, for I am with you.”

There is obviously more, some of which I left out. I encourage you to pick up your Bible and read that whole chapter. Sadly, what started out so great doesn’t end so well. But the truth still remains: God looks at us with love in His eyes. We are His and we are loved by Him. Nothing can or will change that.

May these words from Scripture speak truth to your heart this morning and last you through the day, the weekend and into eternity.


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. I will remember today and everyday how much God loves each one of us.
    Blessings, Bill, and enjoy safe travels!

  2. Ryan S. says:


    Knowing God is there with me and not just spectating is a real comfort and provides the peace of mind to push on and not give in. Despite what happens in this “prelude life”, I know that eternity has already been written and I am a part of it.

    Have a safe trip. We will be traveling next week. Haven’t fully finalized our return trip details as I am having to travel outside of “work hours”

    • Bill Grandi says:

      So true Ryan. I like that eternity has been written in my heart already. Have a safe trip next week. We will get together after that.

  3. gail says:

    Just realizing that the Creator who spoke everything into existence, the Great I am, doesn’t just know me, He desires to have a relationship with me. Wow, truly it does not get any better than that, what a blessing beyond blessing. Thank-you Father I am in awe.
    Safe travels Bill