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“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

 

One text but a message for each day!

Monday - “Fear thou not.”

Tuesday - “I am with thee.”

Wednesday - “Be not dismayed; for I am thy God.”

Thursday - “I will strengthen thee.”

Friday - “I will help thee.”

Saturday - “I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Sunday - Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

I thought that I had written something on this text previously, and when a friend called me yesterday and asked if it was on the website I said ‘yes.’ Later on I did a quick search but could not find anything that I had written on the text, I decided to try again this morning to make up for my lack. I pray that it may not only prove to be a blessing to her soul but also to anyone else who stops by to read it.

There are countless fears that trouble us as Christians. Many have said to me that I am fortunate that I never doubt my salvation. Little do they realise that other fears play a huge part in my daily life. I never question that God has dealt savingly with my soul, but am definitely not immune to other weaknesses and failings.

I know many good Christian men whose stomach is in knots every time they go to a Prayer Meeting for fear of being called to pray in public. Others have a fear of being asked to lead the congregation in singing. I am sure that are many Sabbath mornings when Pastors are sick with fear at the thought of standing in a pulpit and preaching the Gospel.

And there are many other fears that plague the Christian as well as the non-Christian. Many fear death and the thought of dying. Many parents fear for their children, especially when they go out on  weekends. Many fear mounting debts when there is no forthcoming income to meet them.

I doubt that there is a Christian alive who does not fear the possibility of falling and letting down their God and His cause. In many ways that, at least, is a healthy fear (if there is such a thing).

One excellent fear that each man should possess is the fear of God. All other fears make us run from the source but the fear of God makes us run to the Source.

If we are living by faith as we ought then we will hear His Word for us today - which says to us as individuals, ‘fear thou not.’ Do not be afraid, do not let worry ruin your life. It is time for us to be brave, and the only way in which we can be truly brave is to be found in that place where perfect love casts out fear. That place is Christ Jesus. We must do all that is possible to do to be sure we are complete in Him this day.

He is our safety. He is our refuge and our strength, and He is a present aid in straits. He is the Cleft in the Rock. He is our hiding place from the storms. I have said this before but I must say it again today: I cannot count the number of wasted days in my life - wasted worrying about things that never happened.

I hate the thought of causing offence to anyone but especially those of the household of faith. Often when I have written a devotional like this, and when I have uploaded it onto the website, I worry myself sick that I may have written something in error and offended someone unintentionally.

Don’t get me wrong, if the gospel message offends then so be it.  Let God be true and every man a liar. But I seek to be a means of encouragement to others and not a hindrance.

There is a feeling of stark loneliness when we suffer from some fear or other. Our stomach tosses and turns, and our mind races at a hundred miles an hour conjuring up worst-case scenarios. The fear leads to sleepless nights followed by restless, days in which all our nerves are on edge. It’s a horrible condition to be in, but it may even be your portion at this very time.  If so, then hear God’s message:

‘Fear thou not; for I am with thee.’

It’s a clear message from God to your needy soul, and it’s one that  meets your need. And you are not alone - if you are a child of God and  have committed your way to Him each day, then it is He Who has led you into this very situation. You may not understand the reason, but you must still trust Him. “What I do now thou knowest not but thou shalt know hereafter.”

There are occasions in life when God leads His people into situations of profound difficulty, situations that we would much rather have avoided. But when we sit down and think about it, we have to conclude that we had no real say in the matter. We may feel like the children of Israel who having left Egypt found themselves hemmed in by the enemy to their rear and the Red Sea before them.

Did they end up in that position by chance? Have you ended up where you are today by chance? NO! God uses these times and situations as a platform for a marvellous display of His power over all our enemies. God is with you and He will deliver you in a way and in a manner that will glorify Him and that will make your heart rejoice in absolute wonder.  ‘Fear thou not; for I am with thee.’

‘Be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee.’

Are you reading this even while a feeling of intense disappointment or discouragement runs through your veins? Perhaps a door that you had believed would open for you has suddenly been slammed in your face and it has knocked the wind from your sails. It may be that someone very close to you - maybe even a member of your family - has let you down in a way that you did not think was possible.

Life is full of setbacks, I know because I’ve had my fair share of them in recent years, and each one seems to hurt more than the previous one. Recently I wrote that there seemed to be a continual current of trials coming my way somewhat like a line of dominoes, one falling into the next.

Disappointment of any kind is difficult to take, and they may even   floor us for a while. It’s like a boxer who, having been hit by a punch to his solar plexus, doubles up in pain as the wind is knocked out of him and his strength seems gone.

Unfortunately the world in which we live promises us much that never materialises. Satan attracts and distracts us with many a glitzy invention. We are constantly being bombarded with unwanted telephone calls and spam emails from strangers offering us great and unbeatable deals on things we neither want nor need.

We live in a ‘must have’ culture and our children are becoming experts in that field. It is difficult to have to tell them to be content with such things as they have when their pals have something better. There is a huge amount of such pressure on parents of teenagers these days.

I have just finished reading the Acts of the Apostles, and if ever a man suffered discouragement and disappointments then surely it was the Apostle Paul. Yet he is fearless throughout, and he’s always determined to accomplish his calling. The descriptions of his journeys are vivid, and as I read I almost felt seasick as I followed him through the last few chapters.

We may have our discouragements but we have not been whipped for preaching the Gospel, shipwrecked, bitten by a venomous snake, nor imprisoned for witnessing to the Truth. Listen, though, to what he says: “but none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”

“Be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee.”

Are you in a situation today in which life’s disappointments have left you bereft of any strength? Then take strength from God’s Word for your soul.  To you it says, “I will strengthen thee; yea I will help thee.” God is not expecting you to do any great things for Him in your condition. He knows that you are weak and at the end of your tether. He asks only that you take His Word to heart. It is a promise.

God is promising you that He will strengthen you and that He will help you. Take His Words to heart and lean heavily upon Him. God cannot lie. His words are not simply words of comfort and consolation, but they are Truth. You may be feeling down at present, but if you will allow God to work, then He will indeed work, and your darkness will be turned into light, your mourning into gladness and your sadness into joy. “Weeping may for a night endure, but at morn doth joy arise.”

”I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

We are never alone when God is holding our hand. He holds us with a grip that will never let go. He asked for our hand in the bowels of eternity, He took hold of it in time, and He will hold it still as we pass through Jordan and into everlasting life.

His right hand is a hand of power. In fact there is no weakness in God, but He wishes to convey the certainty of that hold He has upon us. Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. He will never leave us nor forsake us - no matter what may befall us in this life. We are His, and no man can pluck us out of His hand. Like a child placing his utmost confidence in his father’s hand, let us reach out our hands to our Father today, and let’s lay hold of His strength, power and protection.

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

This verse should silence all our fears, and it should encourage our faith. God has chosen you, If He has called you by your name, then you are His. He leads you through hills and vales, and He guides and protects as a shepherd does his beloved flock. He seeks out any that have wandered astray and brings them back into the fold with great joy.

He is a wonderful God who desires an ever-increasingly intimate relationship with all His children. Of course He alone can take away our fears and He alone can lift our dismay and disappointments. He alone can help us, and He alone can uphold and keep us as we travel life’s pathways.  He alone has prepared a special place for each one of His own in His house of many mansions.

Christ is the right hand of His Father’s righteousness. It is Christ alone that saves, for there is none other name under heaven, given among men whereby they must be saved. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved. Saturate your soul in His love and in His Person this day and for ever. You and I will never find a better Friend than Jesus. Trust Him.

 

Author : Iain Mackenzie    Edited by : Pastor Al Moak