As difficult as it’s been for me to choose just one passage for this week, because of the overwhelming number of verses that have challenged and blessed my heart in the past three days, I was drawn back to the powerful words found in Isaiah 41:9-10. Take a minute to block out the background noise in your life at this particular instant and pray that God will speak to you personally through His promises and commands found below. Wait a second! Make sure you really get rid of the distractions! Ready? Go ahead then; these are God’s words to YOU.
“I took you from the ends of the earth,
from its farthest corners I called you.
I said, ‘You are my servant’;
I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
This past weekend, my husband and I had the opportunity to take some of the teenagers from our church to a youth conference. The preacher who spoke on these verses spent a long time on the beginning of verse ten: “So do not fear,” a phrase enveloped between so many great promises. What’s different about this phrase is that it’s not an encouragement, it is a command. His challenge was to obey God’s command to fear not, no matter how dire our circumstances. Fear is something that God has taught me so much about, and I guarantee if you continue to read what I have to say over the time I write on this blog, you will see me approach the topic again.
I love this verse that so clearly addresses what every human being neglects to do over at least some issues in his or her life at some point in time. Fear not when you face the unknown. Fear not when you consider what others may think of you. Fear not when your health is failing. Fear not when you’re out of money. Fear not when someone you love is removed from your life. Fear not when you don’t have a job. Fear not when your spouse has wounded or abandoned you. Fear not when you still haven’t found the man of your dreams. Fear not.
There is no option; it is a command – a command that is impossible to accomplish on our own strength. Thankfully, though, a command that is surrounded by promises that God has called you to it and that He is with you.