Daily D – Isaiah 41:10
Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with my righteous right hand.
ISAIAH 41:10 (CSB)
There’s no need to fear for I’m your God.
I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you.
I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.
Max Lucado has a book with a title I love. I like it so much that I include it as part of my daily prayers. The book is entitled, In the Grip of Grace. When I read these words in Isaiah, that imagery comes to mind.
What is going on in your world today? This week? Glancing at my calendar this morning, I see that my father has his second eye surgery today. Our son has his second shoulder surgery on Wednesday. I am supposed to lead training on Thursday. My coworker Becky and my friends John and Gerry will take my place. I will sit in on some preparation for other training I will lead in the next few weeks.
Those are the things I can see. There is more that I cannot. How about you?
The recovery from my recent surgery lolls along. A low-grade fever persists. Energy levels remain far below normal capacity. Sometimes I am too tired to read. This is an extreme experience for yours truly.
Joshua 1:9 and Isaiah 41:10 remind us that we are never alone. They encourage us with the truth that we are never out of God’s care. These truths echo throughout the Bible in every kind of literature. God tells us two powerful truths again and again: He is in charge, and we belong to him. Jesus says in John 10:28, “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.”
- It is always too early to panic.
- It is always too soon to be paralyzed by fear.
- It is always time to trust God to take care of whatever we face.
- It is always good to live in the grip of his grace.
I will live in the grip of God’s grace.
Our Father, we belong to you. You hold us in the grip of your grace. Therefore, we do not have to yield to fear. There is nothing you will lead us to that you will not lead us through. This is why we give you our praise and thanksgiving. This is why we can look forward in faith. This is why we can trust you with every moment and every eventuality. Amen.
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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.