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. ~Isaiah 41:10
This is my “go to” verse. It’s the first verse my grandmother helped me memorize as a small child. It brings me comfort. It’s one I use routinely in prayer. I recently got this verse on a keychain, in a covenant of prayer, along with two special girls from my husband’s family.
I’ve heavily relied on this verse the last few months. I’ve been struggling. And those closest to me have been having a rough time too. I have immediate and extended family, as well as very close friends battling cancer. I’m anxious about the transition between military and civilian life. My stepdaughter is excelling in a rehab program, but recently betrayed by her best friend. I’ve been stricken with doubts about finishing my degree. The suicide of a celebrity chef had me reeling for days. It’s just been a Debbie-Downer type of season in my life.
In light of feeling “out of sorts,” I’ve taken the last few days to contemplate the words of this passage. Essentially I’ve been deciphering why it feels so special to me.
So Do Not Fear: This gives me the security that God has chosen me. He will provide. He has told me not to be fearful of what is next. His plan will prevail.
For I Am With You: This is the promise of God, which is the reason we should not fear. God is with us. He literally is telling us that He is with us. He’s standing next to us…holding our hands…helping us lift our head in times of shame or sorrow…catching our tears…cheering for us. If He’s with us, what do we have to fear?
Do Not Be Dismayed: When one is dismayed, they are typically looking around themselves in a state of alarm or danger. I think about an active shooter scenario…would I spring into action or stand there dumbfounded? This statement from our God tells us that we can be calm and can shed any apprehension that we may harbor. We don’t have to look around in a state of alarm.
For I Am Your God: The Great I AM. Asserting His place in our lives. He is our God, the God of Heaven and Earth, He is God of all power and protection. In this portion of the verse, He states His dominance of our life. I love that He isn’t just reminding us of His position, but rather He is also telling the world that He is our God.
I Will Strengthen You: This verb “will strengthen” provides us with the emotion of attaching to someone else. As in Isaiah 44:14, we become chosen. We are made stronger as a result of our relationship with God. Again, we see the promise from a God that He will see us through the turmoil.
I Will Uphold You: He will enable us to bear any and all of our trials. He will stand us upright. I have this vision of something happening that is so horrible, I want to faint away with fear or saddness…but God is standing right behind me, with His hands under my arms…”propping” me up to face the world.
With My Righteous Right Hand: God’s hand is faithful. It is one to rely on. It’s on that hand that He will secure us.
When broken down, this verse provides so much insight into the heart of our God. And it is so refreshing and reassuring that I do not have to worry about anything, as long as I believe God’s word.
Ladies, I encourage you to lean in this week and really digest a verse…any verse. Figure out how it plays out in your life. I’m praying we all have a week remembering that God will strengthen each of us.