I Myself Will Help You

November 13, 2013

Friends,
In a fallen world where evil has set up rule, God’s soft and comforting voice can nevertheless be heard by those who are listening. And what do most people want to hear from God? What are most people warring against? Is it not fear? And do they not then want to hear God give them reason to not fear?

What does God give us as the reason to not fear? Does He take away the pain, the suffering, the uncertainty, bring back to life our dead loved ones, or immediately rebuke the storm so that all is calm? Not necessarily. He often leads us through a deep and heart-breaking valley, and it often lasts way longer than we could ever have imagined we could bear. Yet He tells us every step of the way, “Do not fear.”

So, what does God give us as the reason to not fear? He gives His Word. Through His Spirit He gives His word of promise from His Word. Certainly one of the most comforting of those is Isa. 41:13,14. For God says there, “‘For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, O worm Jacob, O little Israel, for I Myself will help you,” declares the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.”

What comfort to read these words! No matter what we are going through, no matter how high the waves, how strong the winds, how cruel the onslaught, we who walk Christ’s path have the Most High, the All-mighty, assuring us that He has taken hold of our strongest hand and is Himself helping us through. This is the reason God gives us to not fear.

Cannot God’s power, as well as His tenderness, be heard in His words of comfort? Do we then have any reason to fear? We do not. –Not if we believe deep down in our souls that God’s Word is true. –Not if we stand firm in our faith in the Gospel –that Gospel that tells us the Spirit in us will bear witness to God’s promises.

“I Myself will help you.” Is there anything more comforting than hearing this statement from God?

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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