By George Stroh
May 4, 2020
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. (Isaiah 41:10)
Here is an Old Testament verse that provides universal comfort and encouragement for all saints, both New testament and Old testament believers. "Do not fear" is a command, not just a suggestion or recommendation, from God to His people. He graciously commands our obedience along with a most important explanation.
I say that He "graciously" commands because God is, of course, never obligated to explain, justify or even clarify His commands. Like we sometimes say to our children who question our commands and insist on an explanation; "Just do it because I said so!"
But God graciously tells His children to not fear or be anxious about anything because He is always with us, He loves us and He is our advocate, protector and provider; What shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? (Romans 10:32, 33)
Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. Nothing can separated us from our God; Who will separate us from the Love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword (death)? (Romans 10:35) Believers in the one true God have no reason to look around for another god or person to provide incomprehensible comfort and encouragement.
I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely, I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. The reference to His righteous right hand is a reminder that everything He does is righteous and that He is omnipotent (all powerful). If you are a child of God, you must not fear or worry about anything! Maranatha!