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
At least once in our life, we will face a problem or trouble that looks so overwhelming that we will panic and lose faith in everyone, including God. Fear brings torment. God knows this about us and gives us today’s verse to encourage us about five truths on how to deal with trouble in our life.
We see the truth of fearlessness.
“Fear thou not….” The first truth directs us to dig deep within us and to have courage when we are in trouble. For us to be fearless, we must believe right at the beginning that God is greater than our problem. Fear is when we are intimidated by what we see, hear, or read. We must trust in the truth that there is nothing too hard for God. We must stand and having done all, continue to stand. Years ago, many people wore t-shirts or had posters that said, “No Fear.” God tells us when we are in trouble, “No fear.”
We see the truth of fellowship.
“For I am with thee….” We have the divine presence and fellowship of God in all circumstances. He said that He is with us in the fire. He will not allow the waters we walk in to overflow our heads. Jesus said, “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” When He says that He is with us, this means He is right at our side. We must grasp the fact that the Lord’s presence gives us the confidence that we are never alone in a trial or difficulty.
We see the truth of fortitude.
“Be not dismayed….” Instead of becoming anxious and panicky, we must learn to be composed and at peace. When we get panicky, we take matters into our own hands. Many of us almost concede defeat when we face a major problem. We become anxious, we lose sleep, we can’t concentrate, and our thinking is as if we lost before we have gone to the battlefield. “Be not dismayed whate’er betide: God will take care of you!”
We see the truth of faithfulness.
“For I am thy God….” He is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He is God Most High. He is Almighty God. He is the God of all comfort. He is the God of hope. He is the God of peace Who bruises Satan under our feet. He is God, our salvation. He is God, Who can do anything but fail. He is God, our Creator and God eternal. As God, He is our Father. As God, He is faithful to us. As God, there is none like Him. Never lose sight of the truth that God is God!
We see the truth of fortification.
“I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” He gives strength for our journey, for every trial, for every sickness, and for every problem. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. He is our help in time of need. He helps us with 24/7 availability. He helps us in keeping our soul and thoughts clear. He helps us to say no to the wrong ideas. He supports us by holding us up by His right hand of righteousness. If we feel like we are sinking, He upholds us. Just as Moses needed Aaron and Hur to hold up his hands on both sides for victory, God holds us up in His righteousness. He is a very present help in time of need.
Before you stress out at the next difficulty you face, remember that God gives you five truths to live by for every problem.
Have an encouraged God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Jeremiah 49-50