Published July 19, 2019
“Do not fear [anything], for I am with you; Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you; I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].” Isaiah 41:10 (AMP)
Isaiah 41:10 is my favorite verse because I have experienced it. I have been afraid more times than I would like to admit. The Lord has reassured me that he is with me — in every sense of that word. He lives within us. He is “for” us. He will never leave. Nothing that others do nor any circumstance can separate us from him.
I have experienced weakness and I have cried out for help in desperate situations. I have needed to be told over and over again by the Lord to not be afraid. I have needed his reassurance. He is our God. He is Sovereign. He has ultimate power and authority.
When we need the Lord’s strength and help, he promises to not just stand by and let us falter but to strengthen and help us. The Lord reiterates, “be assured I will help you.” We can count on his help — it is a promise!
His righteous right hand is a symbol of his justice, power, victory and salvation. That is the hand that holds us. The God of the universe, the Creator and sustainer of all is our Lord. Our Father is the One who holds us.
No wonder he tells us not to fear anything. Honestly, there is no need to!
I often share this verse with others. I hope you will think about doing the same. It may be the promise or reassurance someone needs today.
Lord, thank you for promising to be with us, to strengthen us, to help us in our weaknesses. We need you and thank you for your promise and reassurance. May the depth of this truth touch our hearts and not just our heads. Bring to mind who we could share this verse with today. In Jesus name.
By Donna Mitchell
Used by Permission
God is Our Guardian
According to Psalm 91:14, “The LORD says,
‘I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name.’”
God is your guardian, separating you from evil.
So, why do bad things happen to us?
You and God may have different definitions for the word bad. God not only read your story…he wrote it. His perspective is different and his purpose is clear. He uses struggles to toughen our spiritual skin. James urges us to “consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides…Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way” (James 1:2,4).
Trust God’s sovereignty. He is directing your steps and delighting in every detail of your life. Don’t you feel better knowing he is in control?
By Max Lucado
Read more Come Thirsty
Used by permission