A few years ago, I was listening to a sermon by A.W. Tozer in which he said there are two chains that hold us captive to this world: the first is our loves and the second is our fears. To confirm his words, I looked in my Bible concordance under “fear,” and that is when I found Isaiah 41:10. Since that day, this verse has become a most precious promise and a rock of refuge to my soul.
To my fearful, shaking heart, the Lord commands from heaven, “Fear not! For I am with you.” The infinitely wonderful God who made the heavens and the earth is with me. I might feel all alone and fearful, but God is right here with me in the middle of my world and my problems. I am not alone. And I have nothing to fear.
Then, being melancholy by nature, I sometimes allow the challenges of life to overwhelm me. So, God knew I needed this verse: “Be not dismayed because I am your God.” This is absolutely breathtaking! “It is I, Maker of the stars, Sustainer of the Universe, and High King of Heaven—and I am your God. Do not be dismayed.”
But wait there is more: “I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you.” And if that is not overwhelming enough, He adds, “I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Today, this verse ministered to me again in a very vulnerable moment. So, let this verse wash over you today and restore your fainting soul.