Do Not Fear – Part 2
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God…” (Isaiah 41:10a NIV)
Despite warnings of impending judgment as a result of Israel’s backsliding and idolatry, God looked forward to their eventual restoration; and he had a message of encouragement for his chosen people, which he delivered through the prophet Isaiah. It is the same message he has for his chosen people today: Don’t you be afraid!
The people of Israel had reason to be fearful in the natural. A powerful enemy was menacing them, and threats of destruction were looming large. But the Lord told them not to be afraid, because he was with them, and because he was their God.
In the same way, God is telling us not to be dismayed when we look around and see what’s happening everywhere—in the world, in our nation, and in our own lives. There’s concern about terrorism, racial tensions, uncertainty in the world markets, and problems in the Middle East and Europe and the South China Sea, among other national and global crises. We could also be facing uncertainty in our own personal lives and the lives of our loved ones: How am I going to pay this next bill? What will I do if I lose my job? How am I going to go to college? What am I going to do in the world in which I live? How do I protect my children from the dangers of this world?
In the midst of the turmoil, God says, “Hey, I am with you. I chose you before you even knew about me. And now you and I are one. Not only will I be with you, but I will never forsake you. I never want you to be downcast or discouraged, because I am your God.”
To be continued…
Read Isaiah 41:9-10.