Daily D – Isaiah 41:10
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.
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Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
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Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.