10 Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with my righteous right hand. — Isaiah 41:10
Directives and Assurances
by Ron Hutson
In the New King James Version translation of Isaiah 41:10, God gives us two directives and five assurances. In the first sentence of verse 10, God tells us to “fear not” and “be not dismayed.”
We are all aware of what “fear” means, but I found it interesting to read the definition of “dismayed.” The American Heritage Dictionary defines dismay as:
- To destroy the courage or resolution of by exciting dread or apprehension
- To cause to lose enthusiasm
- To upset or alarm
Matthew 14 tells a story of what happens when we become afraid and lose our courage. Jesus sent the disciples in a boat across the Sea of Galilee where He would later meet with them after a time of solitary prayer. They were in the middle of the sea when the wind blew fiercely and caused their boat to be tossed around violently.
Jesus walked toward their boat and told them not to be afraid, but they thought He was a ghost. Peter shouted, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” Jesus replied, “Come.” Peter climbed out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus. Verse 30 says, “But when he saw the wind was boisterous, he was afraid and began to sink.” Jesus reached out to Peter and caught him, and then said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Isaiah 41 gives us five promises from God to help us combat our fear and dismay:
- I am with you.
- I am your God.
- I will strengthen you.
- I will help you.
- I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
We have absolutely no reason to be afraid. God is with us to strengthen us and to guard us with His righteous and powerful right hand. We can “be of good cheer,” because God is always with us.
- Make this your prayer: “Father, help me overcome fear and doubt, so that I can be a bold witness for Jesus.”
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