"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10
God assured His people that He would protect them in the here and now, in the present distress they were experiencing. But a lot of times, we need far more than just a distant, future hope of deliverance. Believers need to know that God will be with them day by day in their present anxious circumstances. God tells us that whether in the present or in the future and in whatever circumstances, we are not to fear. Three reasons are given why righteous believers should not be anxious or afraid.
First, God’s people were not to fear because He Himself would be with them. He would strengthen and help them and uphold them with His right hand—his righteous, victorious hand. Even in the very worst times believers are not to be dismayed or frightened by the oppression of any enemy.
Second, the Lord tells believers that He is “your God” and that He will take “hold of your right hand” He will “help you.” Meditating upon this promise should give enormous encouragement to believers who are facing oppression and anxiety.
Third, God’s people are not to fear because He is their Redeemer. In the present Scripture, the Lord calls Himself the Redeemer, the family protector of His people. As their Redeemer, He promises to help them. As the Holy One, He is distinct, completely set apart from all other creatures by His power, knowledge, and understanding. Thus, He is able to completely fulfill His purpose in the lives of His people despite their anxiety evoking circumstances. As our Redeemer, God will empower us and he will also give us hearts that rejoice and glory in Him.
- How can God help you in times of distress?
- Do you see God as a Redeemer?
- Give yourself time to meditate on the promises of God. Let it ease the places in your heart where you are feeling anxious.