Daily D – Isaiah 41:10

by | Sep 16, 2020 | Daily D | 0 comments

 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. ISAIAH 41:10 (NLT)

_____________________________________________________________________________

Q: Why does God remind us so often in the pages of the Bible that he is with us?
A: Because we tend to forget as soon as something goes well.

Many people live the lives of practical atheists. As long as things are going well in their lives, they do not think about God that much. When things go wrong, that’s when they start thinking about God. That is when they ask for help. If he chooses not to help in the way they consider helpful, then they wonder if he is really there and if he really does care. 

In Isaiah 40, we see the Omnipotent God in action. Here in this chapter, we see the Omnipresent God in action. Verses 2-4 talk about his mighty deeds. Verses 5-7 contrast him with idols. He is powerful and active and shapes current events. Idols have to be anchored down so they don’t topple over. 

In verses 8-10, God reminds his people how he chose them, they did not create him (vv. 8, 9). Having chosen them, he holds onto them, he never lets them go. 

Do not be afraid, for I am with you.

Psalm 23:4 tells us we do not have to be afraid, “for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.” There is no one, there is nothing, bigger and tougher than God. Period. 

Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.

Deuteronomy and Joshua 1 echo with God’s instructions: “I command you—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go,” (Joshua 1:9). Dead ends with Jesus are entries into heretofore unseen pathways. 

I will strengthen you and help you.

Remember how Isaiah’s previous chapter ends:

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.

When we live in the grip of God’s grace, we cannot lose. Our Father in heaven never wastes setbacks, failures, sorrows, or defeats. Sometimes we win; sometimes we learn. Our God can take our failure and spin it into purest gold. Recall Romans 8:28

I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

Everyone loves a winning team. Winning teams sell more merchandise. Winning teams extend their fan bases beyond their natural geographic territory. There is only One True Champion for All Eternity. His is the team you want to join. 

An old hymn sings what we wish we could say with originality:

Why should I feel discouraged
Why should the shadows come
Why should my heart feel lonely
And long for heaven and home

When Jesus is my portion
A constant friend is He
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches over me

I sing because I’m happy
I sing because I’m free
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me

Written by: C D MARTIN, CHARLES HUTCHISON GABRIEL
Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

_____________________________________________________________________________

I will live in the grip of our victorious God.

_____________________________________________________________________________

Our Father, you cannot and will not lose. You are forever undefeated. I belong to you. Fear and discouragement, my constant companions, shrink back when I remember you have not only the whole world in your hands, you have me. You chose me. You hold on to me. Nothing can force me out of your grip of grace. You provide whatever strength and help I need. Why, indeed, should I fear? Why, indeed, should I be discouraged? I will live in victory. Amen. 

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

CONNECT WITH ME!

Interested in learning more about Church Unique or Life Younique? Send a note through the Get In Touch box or Message me through the Facebook link above.

          Church Unique Logo          Auxano Logo

GET IN TOUCH!

READ MY BLOG!

Daily D – Genesis 26:26-31

Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.

Daily D – Genesis 22:13-14

Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.

Daily D – Genesis 21:1-3

Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.

Daily D – Genesis 17:1 | Genesis 6:9

Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.

Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.

Daily D – Genesis 15:6

Genesis 15:6 Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Ge 15:6.