“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 41:10)
Fear! Petrifying, mortifying fear. The kind of fear that stops us dead in our tracks like a deer staring into the headlights of a car. It comes as a result of some life event such as foreclosure on your home, separation and divorce, death of a family member, bankruptcy or job loss. Paralyzed and not knowing what to do or where to go. Hope is nowhere to be found. This is the type of fear being described when God talks about being, “dismayed”.
Fear and Faith
But listen to what God says. First He says don’t be afraid. Fear and faith cannot coexist. We are either in one state of being or the other. When in fear we have no faith in God. All things are possible through Christ only if we have faith and belief. All things bad are possible when in fear and without God.
“I am God”. Everything is subservient to God. Everything is a result of God. God is the creator and master of everything seen and unseen, known and unknown, physical and spiritual. The source and the solution is always God.
God then reassures us that, “I will strengthen thee”.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.” (Isaiah 12:2)
“God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.” (2 Samuel 22:33).
The King James Version of the Bible reads, “I will uphold thee”. But a more accurate translation is that God grasps a hold of us. With the “right hand of my righteousness” God holds us in truth, justice and rectitude. No evil can touch us when we are in the hand of God. “All things work together for good to them that love God” (Romans 8:28).
“Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved… that power belongeth unto God. Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy.” (Psalm 62:1-2,11-12).
“He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah” (Psalm 62:6-8).
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