ISAIAH 42:13-15: “For I am the LORD your God, who takes hold of your right hand, who says to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I’ll help you. Don’t be afraid, you little worm Jacob, and you insects of Israel! I myself will help you, declares the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” (ISV)
OBSERVATION: Are you afraid? Are you facing extreme difficulties in your life? Is the path ahead filled with unsurety? We all face these challenges and feelings in life. As we walk through them it is easy to feel like we are alone, and it is only human to feel like God has abandoned us. This is not simply the reality for the weak in faith. The Book of Psalms is filled with cries of despair from the one who was called – “A man after God’s own heart” – David. So what do we do in these times?
Fear is a natural part of life. Yet, when we face fear we have a choice. We can run away from our fears, or we can take God’s mighty hand and face them in the power of His grace. When we run away from fear, fear becomes our master. When we face our fears through faith in God – He overcomes them! It is not a matter of how strong we are – it is always about how strong He is! These verses in Isaiah remind us that even when we feel like a little worm, or a tiny insect, compared to the trials in our life – HE HIMSELF WILL HELP US! He is our Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
Paul reminds us of the power of having God on our side. He writes,
- “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” (Romans 8:31-35 NKJV)
If God is for us – who (or what) can be against us! This is the wonderful truth that we find in these verses from Isaiah 41, and it is the resounding truth throughout all of Scripture. If God raised Jesus Christ from the dead, is there anything too hard for Him to do for us? There is nothing in this life, including death, that we need to give into fear – because He takes hold of our right hand and leads us!
In 2003 I underwent open heart surgery to have my aortic valve replaced. I was only 48, and I had a natural aversion to all things medical. As I prayed with my wife – a peace came over me. I was not afraid to die, but I was still afraid of the surgery. When they wheeled me into the operating room I was shaking from this fear. The nurse thought I was cold and gave me some extra blankets. I was facing my greatest fear, and all I could do was pray. I don’t remember much from that point, but it was clear that the Lord took my right hand, and guided the hand of the surgeon, for I am writing these thoughts today!
Just a couple of years ago I was told that I would have to have this valve replaced again, along with my aortic root. This would be a much more intensive surgery. We were called to have three heart tests to map out the course of action. We made all the arrangements for a prolonged recovery, and placed this in the Lord’s hands. With the prayers of my family and church family surrounding me, God again took my right hand. When the tests were concluded the doctors were amazed. They downgraded my condition. My leak was determined to be mild, and my enlarged aortic root had measurements that were once again in the safe zone! God had once again sustained me with His might right hand!
No matter what we face in life – God is there to guide and sustain us with His mighty hand! It is never about our strength – it is always about His. Just like a child holds tightly to the hand of his father as they walk across the street, so we are called to hold tightly to the hand of our Heavenly Father as we navigate through the difficult pathways of life. There is nothing that can separate us from the love of Christ – nothing! Jesus said He would never leave us nor forsake us. This is our victory over the fears we face in life!
- “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (II Timothy 1:7 NKJV)
Lord, when fear comes knocking at my door – help me run to You and take hold of Your mighty right hand. Lead me through all the difficult pathways of life in the power of Your overcoming love through Jesus Christ my Lord!
In Jesus Name!