DEVOTION – DAY 74

Isaiah 41:10 “Do Not Be Fearful.”

 

Isaiah 41:10 “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.”

 

We are fearful when we feel a sharp pain in our chest. We fear it may be the onset of a heart attack. We are fearful when we hear the phone ring in the middle of the night and we think it may be bad news when in all likelihood, it may be just a case of someone dialing a wrong telephone number. Yes, there are many things that may cause us to be fearful. Losing a job, or an important business contract may also cause us fear. But Isaiah 41:10 offers us much comfort when we are fearful.

The background to this verse refers to how God had chosen the Israelites to be His representatives in this world. The Israelites did nothing to deserve such a privilege. It was simply God’s sovereign choice to choose them out of all the people in the world. But the Israelites disobeyed God and so God, expanded His choice to include all believers in His Son to be his representatives in this world. That includes you and I when we believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. God promised in Isaiah 41:10 that He is our God. He upholds us in His righteous right hand. The right hand of a person is always a symbol of power and strength since many people are right handed. God is promising us that He who is all powerful and righteous Living God will be our source of strength and help. He has already defeated the power of sin in our lives when He sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. If we have already been saved from judgment for our sins, we have nothing to be fearful off because God is with us.

A woman had breast cancer and she sought treatment. Her tumor was removed and she underwent chemotherapy and she returned back to work. A few years later, it was discovered that her cancer had resurfaced and had spread. She underwent another round of chemotherapy treatment. The side effects of the treatment made her lose her appetite and she lost weight. Throughout her fight with cancer, she drew strength from the Lord. She remained cheerful and trusted God that whatever happened to her, God is in control. She remembered Isaiah 41:10 that God is her God and He is with her so she was never fearful. Even when she was facing death, she was able to say that she will be seeing the Lord Jesus and she was not afraid. Her life and death had been a good testimony of the truth that lies in Isaiah 41:10.

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, we are eternally grateful to you for choosing us to be your children. With you by our side, we have nothing to fear. Please help us to live each day in faith that you are upholding us in every circumstance. In the name of the Lord Jesus we ask. Amen.

 

Questions

  1. What are you currently fearful of?
  2. How has the promises in Isaiah 41:10 help you at this time? Discuss.
  3. Why do we become fearful? Discuss.
  4. What should we do to prevent ourselves from being fearful? Discuss.