GOD’S GOT THIS!
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
What are you afraid of? A recent Gallup Poll of thousands throughout the U. S. shows we are most afraid of:
4. Public Speaking
6. Being closed in a small place
8. Getting shots
10. The dark
What on your list? When God, through the prophet Isaiah, sent encouragement to the Israelites they were terrified. They were exiled in Babylonia with little hope of going home.
In the above well-known verse, God reminds them and us to not be afraid. Why? Because he is with us. There is something about having the Creator of the Universe, Our all knowing, loving Savior with us in tough times.
I’ll never forget walking out of the hospital room with we heard dad’s cancer had spread and he had weeks to live. I stepped away trying to absorb the shock. As I closed my eyes, the most vivid picture of Jesus walking toward me. “Take courage, daughter. It is I. Do not be afraid.” My fears gave way to an unusual calm that carried us through to dad’s last breaths and beyond. Jesus was not named, “Immanuel” God with us for nothing! If you are anxious about something today, ask God to reveal his presence to you. Check out these comforting passages Psalm 23:4; Matthew 28:20.
God then tells Israel to not be dismayed because he is their God . To be “dismayed” in the Hebrew means that you are utterly disheartened. Have you ever been there? The key to rising out of this dark pit is to believe God is OUR GOD. When David was running away from Saul “he found strength in the LORD his God (1 Sam 30:6). Many of his Psalms declare the LORD was his shepherd (23:1), his deliverer (3:7) and his king (5:2). We can arise because God is not just our God, but we are his! God told his people “I have redeemed you. I have summoned you by name; you are mine” (Isaiah 43:1). God not only pardons our sins and knows our name. He has claimed us as his own. This guards us from Satan’s lies to isolate and defeat us.
Another reason to not fear is God’s promise to strengthen and uphold us. That word “uphold” means to catch or support.” It reminds me of a net installed during the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. The net cost more than $100,000, but it saved eight lives and improved the efficiency of construction workers. Just knowing they wouldn’t fall to their deaths gave them added confidence. In a similar way, God’s hands are outstretched today to prevent us from spiraling into despair.
Pastor John Piper says Isaiah 41:10 assures us GOD'S GOT US COVERED!
- I am your God – over you
- I am with you – by your side
- I will strengthen you – from the inside
- I will uphold you – from underneath.
With this kind of help, who or what can be against us? Nobody!
God’s got this. God’s got me! AMEN!