“Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
Surrounded by idolaters as she struggled for strength and courage while in Babylonian captivity, Israel hears these wonderful words of comfort from God at a time when she needed them the most.
While we are not in captivity and we don’t wait for a physical deliverer like Cyrus, we sometimes find ourselves in the same kind of despondent mind-set as Israel—perhaps because of a sin we have committed, because of a hurt we have felt, or just because of an offense we may have inadvertently committed toward others.
Unsure of what to do, we struggle for a clarity that will bring us out of our despair. If we are fortunate enough to rely on God, we turn to the scriptures, we allow their message to penetrate our hearts, and there we find the kind of powerful, life-changing encouragement that this verse provides.
Even though God does not lead us miraculously in this age, He is our God, He will strengthen and help us, and He will uphold us—through the power of His wonderful word.