Daily Devotional Bible Verse
fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
(Isaiah 41:10 ESV)
Fear not? How could God have such an unrealistic expectation of us? It’s easy for Him to say. After all, He is God. He dwells in heaven. He must not be aware of all that we’re dealing with down here. We’re faced with everything from nations plunging over fiscal cliffs, to violence against the innocent, to natural disasters. Not to mention the everyday issues of life. Who in their right mind wouldn’t be afraid? Who wouldn’t have some anxiety? God’s children needn’t fear.
The Lord never makes a promise He can’t keep. He commands us to neither fear nor be dismayed for two reasons:
- He is with us.
- He is our God.
Because the Lord is with us we need not fear. His presence guarantees strength to endure every trial, to bear up courageously under all suffering, persecution and affliction. God with us assures that we are never without help. The God of no limits is ever present to help when we have reached the end of our proverbial ropes.
Finally, God upholds us with His mighty power. When our own strength is small and spent, when we fall and have no might to raise ourselves up, the loving Lord reaches down His powerful right hand and lifts us. As long as we confidently know that God is with us, child of God, we can boldly proclaim, “I am not afraid; my God is ever with me! I am anxious for nothing; the Lord is my God!”
Remember today and during your trials that you have a mighty God who is with you!
Guest devotion by Rev. Whitehead. Rev. Whitehead is a passionate lover of God, diligent student of the Word and an itinerant Bible lecturer. Learn how you can become a guest writer.