“So do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
God speaks words of comfort and strength to Isaiah. He still speaks these words to people today. Because we are human, we tend to forget God is with us when we face dire circumstances. When we strike out on our own and become overwhelmed by the scenes we see.
When I have struck out on my own with a project, I usually find myself getting tense, nervous, and short-tempered. I have heard it said that God is not the author of confusion God is there for His children. He states his intention to be with us.
“So do not fear,” Fear says that we do not trust God. Fear is the opposite of faith.
“I am with you.” When we know God is with us, events go smooth. We all have had times where we were unsure about the way we are to go, but God stays with us guiding, directing, and keeping us safe.
“do not be dismayed,” My concordance tells me dismayed means ‘caused to fear.’ (1.) When I think of this word I think of the gospel song, “God Will Take Care of You.”(2.) God does take care of us.
“for I am your God,” God speaks words of assurance here. He made us and extended salvation to each of His children.
“I will strengthen you and help you” God makes a wonderful statement here. He promised to give us strength. How many times have we attempted something and felt weak? If we seek the LORD, He will give us the strength we need to complete the task. God has many ways to help us: Gifting us with mercy and grace, leading us to accomplish a difficult task, allowing us to rest, and listening to our prayers and our thoughts.
“I will uphold you with my righteous right hand,” God tells us how He will be there for us. He uses His right hand to keep us on track. We are to praise God for His deeds that allow us to grow closer to Him.
Have you had times of doubt and fear and realized later that God was there all along?