Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
This verse from Isaiah is a powerful promise from the Word of God. Do not fear and do not be anxious form the crux of the command. Uncontrolled fear and unchecked anxiety have no place in the life of a Christian. We are directed again and again to overcome fear through faith.
The verse begins with the command but doesn’t end there. Isaiah (inspired by the Holy Spirit) gives us three reasons to trust in God and live above fear. The Lord has promised to perform three actions on our behalf. Let’s examine them for a moment.
1) God will strengthen us. God brings us strength in all times, in all circumstances, and in different forms. We receive strength through Bible study and prayer. Strength flows to us as we worship and fellowship with the church. The strength of the Lord empowers us as we serve. God has promised to enable and empower us to follow Him and to obey Him no matter the fears that are around us.
2) The Lord will help us. Life is imperfect and circumstances can be painful. But, God has assured us He will be there to help us. The Spirit of God helps us each day. The people of God come along beside us and help us. What a glorious thought this is—the Lord is our help!
3) God will uphold us by His hand. He will stabilize us and cause us to stand in every situation. Christ taught us that we are all building our lives on one of two foundations. Some build their lives on the unstable, shifting sands of life while those in Christ build their lives upon the solid rock. (Matthew 7:24-27) God upholds His people as they trust in Him day by day.
Be of good cheer, Child of God. God will be with you and sustain until the end. May God bless you as you follow Him each day.