“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be frightened, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. …” says the Eternal, even your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 41:10 &14
God could hardly be more emphatic about why we should be courageous. How ever dark the shadow in the valley, we should walk boldly in the footsteps of Christ. How ever the stormy winds of change may swirl, our feet should be like the hind’s feet on high places and our sleep like Jesus’ repose on the deck of the boat. Such courage is possible as we consider the promise of God’s presence: he does not leave us alone, nor does he leave us with just anyone. He himself is with us in all of his godness: his supernatural strength will sustain us; and he will be righteous in how he accomplishes our deliverances, in that they will be done in accordance with his commitment to the maintenance and display of his glory as he fulfills his obligations to his people. The certainty of the thrice repeated promise is sealed with three encouraging names: the Eternal¾ Fountain of Life, Redeemer¾ Closest Kinsman Savior, and the Holy One of Israel¾ Most Valuable Person.
Lord Jesus, in the midst of the turmoil of society, cause me to remember you are with me. When I hesitate, cause me to remember I have your strength. In the dark, cause me to see the glory of your goodness and love. Amen.
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