Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
There are many occasions in the Word of God where the Lord tells His people, whether as a nation, or to individuals, to “fear not.” The times in which we live now certainly provide many reasons for some people to fear.
There is a lot of uncertainty on the horizon, as I mentioned yesterday, and events are lining up for even gloomier days – depending on how you look at it. Things like debates between presidential candidates are not always very helpful, either.
In spite of these things, God repeated His intention and command that His people should not be afraid. Why? There are three reasons given in this Bible verse:
- His Guaranteed Presence – “I am with thee”
If anyone should ask, what good will that do? His answer reminds us that He is our God – and He has unlimited power and wisdom!
- His Guaranteed Help – “I will strengthen thee”
Even though we may at times be weak in ourselves, or in our resolution to serve Him, yet He will give us strength, even when we have none.
- His Guaranteed Support – “I will uphold thee”
As long as God has a purpose for you and me on this planet, if you are saved, He can be counted on to uphold us as we do His work.
The results of His strength to undergird us should greatly embolden us to continue to go forward for Him. We must learn to draw nigh to Him first, wait on His perfect will for you, and then be sure to do it in His power and leading – not your own.
Too many Christians are silent for Christ today. Very few people around them, if anyone, even know they are believers in Christ. Many, I’m afraid, have been more converted by the world, than vice versa.
With promises like this, and by feeding frequently and daily on His Word, we ought to be like the Apostles who “turned the world upside down” for Christ. We have far more tools available to us to help spread the Gospel than they ever dreamed of, yet we fail to tell others. The difference is that they loved Christ with all their hearts and were filled with the same Holy Spirit Who is available to us today.
With promises like these of His support and help, let me ask: What are you doing for Christ today?
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