5 Promises, Not to Fear (Isaiah 41:10)
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.”
Isaiah hopes to silence the fears of God’s people and encourage us to confidently trust the LORD in the midst of trouble and adversity. It is contrary to the will and glory of our God for His people to be a timid, fearful, anxious people. In order to conquer our fears, the Lord God graciously assures us of His constant presence, power, and provision.
Considering all the fears that we would confront in this world, the Lord gives us five great promises by which He says to every believer faced with danger and trouble, “Fear not ... be not dismayed”. As Christians, we must not fear other humans because:
1. “I am with thee”.
Life would be hard to bear, but God would be with them. In their moments of fear, He would provide courage. If we were left to ourselves to face our enemies (the world, the flesh, and the devil), we would fear; but God says to our trembling souls, “I am with thee”. Take refuge in Him and be comforted (Psalm 46:1-11). We live in a world that often brings fear and uncertainty. God desires that we take courage in Him and overcome our fears. God is with us (Isaiah 40:9; 43:2, 5; Genesis 15:1; Acts 19:9-10). God promised comfort to those who were weary and needed encouragement. God is in control.
2. “I am thy God”.
The almighty is ours, as truly ours as we are His! A stranger might see a person injured and pass by indifferently. But a husband cannot be indifferent to the pains of his wife. A father cannot be indifferent to the troubles of his child. And our God is never indifferent to the troubles of His children (Zephaniah 2:8; II Chronicles 16:9).
3. “I will strengthen thee”.
We are told that the Lord will “put strength into his people” (Psalm 29:11). The journey they faced would be a most difficult one. There would be times when it felt as if they could no longer go on. There would be times when it seemed that defeat was inevitable. In those moments of weakness, God promises that He will provide strength. He would sustain them. He will strengthen you with might in the inward man. Your God will strengthen you to bear your troubles (II Corinthians 12:5-9), endure temptation (I Corinthians 10:13), and do His will (I Thessalonians 5:24). We all have faced those moments of weakness. We have all felt as if we could no longer go on. You may feel that way today. God will give us the grace and strength needed to face all of life’s circumstances. There is strength in the Lord.
4. “Yea, I will help thee”.
He “helpeth our infirmities” (Romans 8:26). That means when our burden is so heavy that we cannot with all our strength support it, our God will take hold of it and bear it together with us. God will help us through times of crisis by giving us hope and peace. In other words, to imagine that any burden is too great for us to bear is to say that it is too great for God to bear! “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” No! And nothing is too hard for those to whom God says, “I will help thee”. He will provide for our needs.
5. “Yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness”.
Captivity was coming, but they would not be destroyed. They would not perish at the hands of the enemy. They were secure in the mighty hand of God. What more can we want? The eternal God is our Refuge! Beneath you are the everlasting arms (Deuteronomy 33:27-29; Isaiah 51:12-13). If God be for us, all the powers of earth and hell combined can’t exert themselves against us (Romans 8:31-39). With such a God and Saviour as we have in Christ Jesus, we have every reason to be comforted and fearless, even in the face of great trouble and in the midst of great enemies. He will support us in our efforts to fulfill His purpose for our lives. The saved are sealed and secure in the Lord. We may have to endure a battle while living this life. We may get a few bumps and bruises along the way, but we are secure in Christ Jesus our Lord. We are upheld by His mighty hand! Our safety is our God!
Points to Ponder:
Jesus is the only source of hope in this life and the life to come.
He alone can secure your eternal destiny.
Questions to Consider:
Do you know Him as Saviour of your soul?
How has the Lord used this devotion to help you serve Him today?
PRAYER: Father, I can't see any way out of this problem. However, I know You can see many solutions to this problem. I trust completely in You. I know You will bring me safely through. I will not give up because my faith in You is strong and unwavering. As You see me through this trail, may You allow others to see You deliver me, that they may learn from You. In Jesus name, AMEN!
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Dr. Blackman is passionate about helping others grow in the grace of the Lord. His devotions are centered on how to grow closer to the Lord through a personal relationship with Christ.