“Fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10 ESV
The beautiful imagery in this verse resonates deeply in my soul.
Five beautiful promises from our Lord.
Five perfect assurances of who He is in times of…everything.
Every trial. Every grief. And every hardship.
Our God – our magnificent Father whose ways aren’t at all like our ways – He doesn’t save the best for last.
He gives us the best right up front: His presence.
“I am with you.”
You know what? I think He does that on purpose. Because He knows that He Himself is always the first thing,
the best thing,
the real thing we need. In times of…everything.
But wait…there’s more. He lets us know that He’s on our side.
“I am your God.”
Lest we think that His presence with us means that He’s out to get us or that He’s stealthily stalking us or that He’s with us only to spy on us for the other side.
Oh no, beloved friend. Your Father is always on your side.
When His blessings are blatant and bountiful and beautiful. When trials threaten. When discipline is dealt. When tragedy seems to triumph. Even these things are sifted through the almighty hand of your Father who is on your side.
And wouldn’t this be enough? Knowing that He is with us and receiving that He is on our side.
Yes, that would be enough, and it would be so much more than we deserve.
But our God doesn’t stop with enough, does He?
Our God of infinite resources delights in pouring them out abundantly on His beloved children. On you, His beloved child.
And so He strengthens us. He gives us the power we need for what we’re facing. And not just any power. The very same power that raised His Son from the dead!
What? There’s more? Yes, even more.
And what about the very hardest times in life?
You know the ones…
Those times when we are up against a foe that threatens to overwhelm us, or an obstacle that seeks to derail us, or an enemy that intends to defeat us?
He upholds us…He actually picks us up and holds us in His hand.
Yes, those very same hands that measured the oceans and spanned the sky reach down to you and to me.
Sheltering us. Sustaining us. Surrounding us. Until the danger is past.
It’s enough to make my heart sing and my soul sigh contentedly.
Being held in His hand.
Maybe He saved the best for last after all.